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Resilient Cities

Helping cities worldwide build better and build back to improve the lives and well-being of urban populations

Skyscrapers and stadiums have been engineered to sway with earthquakes—yet vulnerable people in cities all over the world are increasingly threatened by more destructive storms and a warming planet. But as we see more people and communities banding together to withstand the turbulence of a changing world, we believe it’s possible to help prepare for a future where three-fourths of humanity will live in cities.

Since funding Jane Jacobs to write “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” in 1961, The Rockefeller Foundation has long-viewed cities as places of ingenuity and innovation. Just as we fought urban poverty and helped shape the emerging fields of urban design throughout the 20th century, today, we work to make cities around the world more resilient through our 100 Resilient Cities initiative which is now helping cities worldwide build better and build back to improve the lives and well-being of an urban population expected to reach 75 percent of humanity by 2050.

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100 Resilient Cities

By 2050, 75 percent of the global population are expected to live in cities. Because of the collision of globalization, urbanization, and climate change, not a week goes by that there’s not a disruption to a city somewhere in the world: a cyber attack, a natural disaster, or economic or social upheaval. Meanwhile, cities face acute stresses, such as poverty, endemic crime and violence, or failing infrastructure, that weaken a city over time.

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