Building Resilience at the Metropolitan Scale

Four of our members – Barcelona (Spain), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Île-de-France (France) – participated in the conference “Building Resilience at the Metropolitan Level” in Santiago de Chile, which took place from 5 to 6 December. Thought-provoking debate, reflection and exchange of tactical knowledge on how to advance projects and resilience initiatives at metropolitan scale occurred during the event.

Technical visits that revolved around the mobility, environment, territorial planning, and risk and disaster management themes were conducted in order to inform and involve the participants about the experiences and challenges of Santiago de Chile; themes that operated as a starting point for the subsequent exchange in Barcelona last week.

The contributions focused mainly on the importance of understanding that the administrative limits do not always adapt to the extension of the metropolis’ challenges; to which it is necessary to work collaboratively, urging the participation of as many actors as possible, based on a constant dialogue.

Another subject of discussion was the recent publication of the 3rd Issue Paper of Metropolis, entitled “The Metropolitan Scale of Resilience”, published in collaboration with the network 100 Resilient Cities (100RC). 

The program was organized by 100 Resilient Cities, along with the Regional Metropolitan Government of Santiago, Resilient Santiago and the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security of the Metropolitan Region of Santiago. Moreover, other participants included representatives from Manchester, Miami, Santiago de los Caballeros and Sydney.