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AIA CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA poses with other attendees at the announcement of
the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge Commitment to Action at the CGI Annual Meeting

100 Resilient Cities Commitment to Action Announced at CGI Annual Meeting
By Cooper Martin, Director, Resilient Communities

    The AIA has embarked on an exciting new partnership that will reinforce the role and relevance of architects in creating resilient communities.

    The partnership, announced this week at the Clinton Global Initiative’s Annual Meeting, specifically commits the AIA, Architecture for Humanity, and Public Architecture to establish a series of Regional Resilient Design Studios. Further, this commitment has been coordinated and aligned with the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, an initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation. In addition to the AIA and Architecture for Humanity, partners include SwissRe, Palintir, and the World Bank.

    The 100 Resilient Cities Challenge will offer resources for cities to hire a Chief Resilience Officer, assess their vulnerabilities, and create a long-term resilience plan. The full network of 100 global cities will be built out over the course of the next three years, starting with a first round of applicants who will be approved later this year.

    Within the US, our studios will support the Rockefeller effort by serving as a non-governmental resource which will train architects, educate the public, and engage policymakers in efforts to improve communities’ resilience to unforeseen shocks. Architects are uniquely trained and have skills that are essential at every stage of preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery. Referring to how the studios would operate, AIA CEO Robert Ivy explained that when it comes to disasters “our goal is to be there before the cameras arrive, and to stay long after they leave.”

    With dedicated staff and resources, the studios will demonstrate how architects everywhere can elevate the discussion and identify solutions to the most pressing issues currently facing the built environment.

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