FRS at the World Cities Summit
12 Jul 2016 | Prof Hans Heinimann spoke at the ‘Strengthening the Physical City’ session of the thematic track: ‘Building Resilient Cities and Communities‘ at the World Cities Summit.
FRS Programme Director Prof Hans Heinimann spoke at the ‘Strengthening the Physical City’ session of the thematic track: ‘Building Resilient Cities and Communities‘ at the World Cities Summit on 12 July 2016.
The Strengthening the Physical City session focussed on the critical ingredients for building cities to be more resilient to climate change effects and disaster risks. Fundamentally, city resilience lies in ensuring solid basic infrastructure. When disaster strikes, cities that have systems that can operate autonomously are more resilient than those that are co-dependent and thus failure of one component leads to a massive collapse. A city’s resilience also depends significantly on how integrated it is in its responsiveness.
If a city is faced with a disaster such as massive flooding, how effectively can residents reach for help from emergency services? How fast can city leaders and key decision makers make the call on the action to be taken in restoring essential services to residents?
The session was chaired by Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, The Netherlands. Speakers include:
1. Futoshi Toba, Mayor, Rikuzentakata City, Japan
2. Hans Heinimann, Programme Director, Future Resilient Systems, Singapore-ETH Centre
3. Lord Mayor Martin Haese, Mayor, Adelaide, Australia
4. Monika Zimmermann, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI
5. Dominique Florack, Senior Executive Vice President of R&D, Dassault Systèmes
World Cities Summit 2016: Liveable & Sustainable Cities: Innovative Cities of Opportunity took place 10-14 July 2016. View event details here.