Cities are more successful than ever, home to the largest pools of talent and capital in human history. Yet they face unprecedented risks in the 21st century—both natural and man-made.
Resilience provides a strategic framework for thinking about how urban policy, planning, management, and design can make cities better able to withstand shocks, recover more quickly, and perhaps—even improve as they adapt to new or increased stresses.
Our resilience work spans a broad range of research, planning, and prototyping efforts that ask a common question, often overlooked by others—how do we exploit the natural resilience of networked technologies, while avoiding the worst of their vulnerabilities?

Are Smart Cities Truly Green?

Most of the world’s population are now city dwellers, and mobile, wireless computers outnumber desktops. In an age of urbanization and technological ubiquity, how is the social compact around environmental degradation, science, and policy and planning shifting? What new challenges and what new tools are emerging? This chapter, part of


The City Resilient: Mesh Wireless

“Are we in the process of tearing down the walls of the post-industrial city? Or is nature doing it for us?” Over the last 20 years, New York City has faced a series of challenges that both tested and amplified its physical, social, and economic resilience. In this talk, Anthony


Breakout! Escape from the Office

Why do we still do creative work in office buildings? In 2009, a convergence of trends brought this question to a head, highlighting the need to re-open debate about the role of work in public space: An increasingly mobile workforce attracted to a wide range of public and private work