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Global experts come together to build resilient cities in Southeast Asia

20 Jul 2020

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Two leading organisations championing resilience initiatives for urban populations have joined forces in Southeast Asia – Arup and the Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN).

Located together in Arup’s Singapore office, they will collaborate on initiatives to improve quality of life through better infrastructure, city policies, practices, and resources.

Arup’s Advisory, Planning and Design Leader in Singapore, Neil Walmsley said that both teams were focussed on the complex challenges faced by rapidly growing cities.

“For urban communities to thrive, sustainability and resilience are paramount for planning and design principles. We will be working together to further refine Arup’s City Resilience Index tools and develop new guidance materials on city resilience themes. Both organisations have deep experience and extensive networks to share knowledge, data, expertise and tools to develop robust solutions,” Neil said.

Arup’s relevant expertise includes the Future Cities Hub, recently established with support from the Singapore Economic Development Board. The Hub is bringing together leading professionals to work with the public and private sectors, and non-government organisations across urban development, transport, social issues and critical infrastructure.

Building the resilience of vulnerable communities and critical infrastructure requires focus, energy and strong partnerships. Both Arup and GRCN are currently working with their networks of cities to strengthen their pandemic response and recovery efforts.

Lauren Sorkin GRCN’s Acting Executive Director said that the relationship with Arup comes at a critical time, with COVID-19 exposing vulnerable communities in new and far-reaching ways, adding to the scale and range of problems to be addressed.

“GRCN’s coalition of leaders and resilience practitioners in more than 90 cities in 47 countries is ready to take action and we look forward to leveraging Arup’s world-wide reach from our common seat in the SEA Region, where urbanisation is rapid, and care must be taken to leave no-one behind. We will be able to draw together leaders from many fields to address resilience issues, whether through research, advisory, on projects or tools,” added Lauren.

The co-location and collaboration agreement between Arup and GRCN will bring together and build on complementary approaches to strengthen urban communities.

(L) Lauren Sorkin (R) Neil Walmsley
(L) Lauren Sorkin (R) Neil Walmsley

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Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. Working in more than 140 countries, the firm’s designers, engineers, architects, planners, consultants, and technical specialists work with our clients on innovative projects of the highest quality and impact. www.arup.com

The Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN) is the city-led organisation that is driving urban resilience action to protect vulnerable communities from climate change and other physical, social and economic urban adversities and challenges. With support from The Rockefeller Foundation and other funding strategic partners, the Network aims to continue supporting cities and their Chief Resilience Officers in future-proofing their communities and critical infrastructure with a unique reach, strength and legacy to understand and support the challenges of the ever-growing urban society. For more information on Cities for a Resilient Recovery (C2R). https://www.resilientcitiesnetwork.org/recovery or subscribe for more news and updates.

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