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Connecting cities and communities with adaptation projects, practitioners and patron finance. 

This is not just about the environment, it’s about community, it’s about jobs, it’s about justice.
— EDDIE BAUTISTA | executive director, New York City Environmental Justice Alliance


CLIMATE RESILIENT CITIES [exchange] is our [plug-in] KNOWLEDGE & PROJECT EXCHANGE PLATFORM for our stakeholders to share and invest in secure adaptation projects or other adaptation instruments. The CLIMATE RESILIENT CITIES [exchange] also provides a facility to rate projects and raise capital for project or service expansion or duplication through a SHARED VALUE OFFERING’ to investors or for obtaining SOCIAL IMPACT PATRON FINANCE. The CLIMATE RESILIENT CITIES [exchange] forms part of a suite of SHARED VALUE PROJECTS that incorporate a range of [plug-in] SERVICES. Connect directly to CITIES and COMMUNITIES with ADAPTATION projects, link to PRACTITIONERS and PATRON FINANCE. Link your PROJECT to COMMUNITIES and ADAPTATION TOOLS, KNOWLEDGE and RESOURCES, FINANCE MODELS and ASSISTANCE. The CLIMATE RESILIENT CITIES [exchange] also conducts in-depth research and assessment into cities that relevant and relational to our stakeholders through our CITIES ATLAS PROJECT and provides access to networked URBAN DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT and CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION PRACTITIONERS at national, regional and community level across four (4) key areas of CITY RESILIENCE.

CITIES OF THE FUTURE are determined by the decisions that urban practitioners, local leaders and others make today. By focusing on resilience for city residents and business operators and investors, the CLIMATE RESILIENT CITIES [exchange] serves to inform a people-centered plan and measures the value of adaptation projects. CLIMATE RESILIENT CITIES [exchange] promotes a cities local knowledge and a communities common and diverse points often generated through a co-creation experience in developing projects. CLIMATE RESILIENT CITIES [exchange] partners with the public and private sector, universities, community leaders, and the third sector to assist communities in assessing resilience and adaptation and participatory budgeting project.

CLIMATE FOCUSED PLANNING will make cities more resilient and resilience is necessary for adapting to climate change, and maintaining a cities’ social, infrastructure, and economic integrity. ADAPTATION and RESILIENCE PLANNING will have minimal impact if they remain side issues in the urban development process. RESILIENCE MEASURES should form part of the regular narrative in cities, incorporating locally adapted projects into every aspect of urban development, from land use planning to transport and housing. RESEARCH ESTIMATES a finance gap of approximately $4-5 trillion per year for SUSTAINABLE, RESILIENT INFRASTRUCTURE, meaning cities and communities will need to do more with less. RESILIENCE THINKING and refocusing a CITIES DESIGN and DEVELOPMENT LENS is a way to (re)orientate city planning and urban design in resilience practices, this also provides cities with new efficiencies in investments opportunities to achieve multiple benefits.



Social resilience provides contextual analysis on community vulnerability and resilience. By measuring a community’s climate risk and coping capacities it can be assessed through two essential approaches, social vulnerability and social resilience. Social resilience is the long-term capacity of a community to cope with external stresses and disturbances as a result of social, political, and environmental change.



Urban resilience and the substantial impact climate change has on infrastructure makes it a key consideration into long-term risk planning. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change noted the speed of adaptation as the main threat presented by climate change to infrastructure assets. We provide a range of processes, decision logics and performance tools to achieve servicing standards.



Financial resilience are key to long-term wellbeing, by strengthening the implementation of policies aimed at mitigating the risks and consequences. Welfare impacts depend on micro-economic resilience, and the distribution of losses; on household vulnerability, such as pre-disaster income and ability to smooth shocks over time with savings, borrowing, insurance or a social protection mechanism sharing risks.



Leadership resilience concerns the understanding of the institutions working across the state, market and civil society. The practice of improving leadership for resilience is about incremental and long-term process of convening willing actors and creating new spaces for engagement between different stakeholders. Developing entry points for engaging with informal economy and political institutions to ensure equitable distribution of long-term benefits.

The earth is not ours to do with as we please – we are merely trustees for future generations.
We ignore this reality at our peril.
— ANOTE TONG | President of Kiribati 2006-2013


CLIMATE RESILIENT CITIES [exchange] is a SUPERFUTURE PROJECT conceived in 2007 whilst I was completing a 6-month research scholarship with the Institute of Development Planning at Technische Universität Berlin. As an international student completing an International Masters in Urban Design, reading under Professor Adrian Atkinson, I completed a thesis on Urban Transformations in Transitioning Economies. Research focused on human settlement planning in a development context and the role of the informal economy in alleviating poverty from urban drift to informal settlements in developing countries and transitioning economies. Building disaster reduction in the planning process and developing models of good governance. I reviewed the Regional Master Plan for Ho Chi Minh City and on a larger scale researched urban transformations in what is known as the 'BRIC' countries of - Brazil, Russia India and China and the process of formalising informal settlements. In 2008, on my return to Sydney to complete a Masters of Architecture I took up the position of CEO of Emergency Architects Australia (EAA). The Australian chapter was created primarily in response to the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami in the Indian Ocean and formed part of the global Architectes de l’urgence in France and Canada. EAA worked side by side with donor organisations, NGO’s and governments to design and deliver housing and other facilities for communities affected by, earthquake, tsunami, war, floods, and other catastrophe. The organisations primary function included emergency infrastructure planning and project management services for disaster reconstruction and development. 

Launching in 2008 the CLIMATE RESILIENT CITIES [exchange] project was driven by a need to share and collate the wealth of knowledge, tools and research that was created in response to the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami. Working with the North American start-up PEER 2 PEER UNIVERSITY (P2PU) I developed the courseware title CLIMATE RESILIENT CITIES. P2PU was funded by both the Hewlett and Shuttleworth Foundations and incubated at the University of California (Irvine) their mission was to leverage the power of the internet and social software to enable communities to support ‘peer’ learning for each other. The CLIMATE RESILIENT CITIES courseware was the first of its kind, a free online open-data six (6) week course on Urban Disaster Risk Management (UDRM). Taught by Master level students the course was delivered in an open online environment across 5 continents and 8 countries in its first offering, including researchers from Centre for Science, Technology, Environment and Policy (CSTEP) based in Bangalore India. The CLIMATE RESILIENT CITIES [exchange] is the continuation of the work we started 10+ years ago and an extension into new ANALYTICAL TOOLS to understand the COMPLEXITY of global INTERDEPENDENCE to CO-CREATING SUSTAINABLE FUTURES.

If you’re interested to know what the consequences of inaction might look like and alternative systems for organising communities, watch and listen to Dr Adrian Atkinson TEDx Vienna talk "Where Is Our Civilisation Heading?” | Adrian Atkinson | TEDx Vienna Salon 2015.