Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes

The core mission of the Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes is to help communities thrive in an age of climate uncertainty through convening workshops and pushing the design, funding, and implementation of innovative infrastructure projects in a range of global contexts. The Center extends Columbia University’s leadership in climate-related work and support of interdisciplinary collaborations with external partners to engage the most serious and challenging issues of our time. Through related academic programming, the Center will integrate resilience thinking into design education, bringing real-world challenges into the classroom to train future generations of design leaders. The Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes is allied with the Earth Institute’s Climate Adaptation Initiative to work across the disciplines at Columbia University by bridging design with science and policy with the goal of improving the capacity of people and places to adapt to emerging challenges.
Resilience Accelerator

The Center’s inaugural project will be the creation of a groundbreaking Resilience Accelerator in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) – pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. The Resilience Accelerator will focus on high priority resilience projects in 100RC network cities in order to help them adapt and confront the impact of climate change.

Beginning this spring, 100RC member cities will be able to submit projects for potential intervention through the Accelerator, and two finalists will be selected each semester for collaboration with experts, scholars, and Columbia graduate students. Samuel Carter will be the director of the Resilience Accelerator. He most recently served as Managing Director leading the Resilience Team at The Rockefeller Foundation.

After projects are submitted for consideration, the Resilience Accelerator will identify creative opportunities and planning challenges suited for collaboration through immersive workshops, seminar, and design studios co-organized by Columbia GSAPP and 100RC.

More information can be found at

Resilience by Design University Conference, February 19, 2016
At a two-day symposium and workshop by Resilience by Design University (RBD U) on how to incorporate concepts and tools for resilience into design, with lectures from experts in a range of fields and case-studies developed by 100RC.
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