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January 2012

The Next ResilientCity.org Design Ideas Competition

Jan 27, 2012 1:01 PM
Craig Applegath

 It’s that time of year again when the contributors to ResilientCity.org start thinking about the next Design Ideas Competition. This year we have been thinking about the importance of “arrival cities” and how they could contribute to the future resilience of cities around the world.

The term “arrival city” was coined by Doug Saunders, in his new book of the same name. Through the eyes of individuals who are part of the migrations, Saunders’ book explores the realities of arrival cities and that how cities might more effectively accommodate this migration. He explains how these migrations can either be very beneficial, to both cities and the migrants, or, alternatively, if not understood and effectively accommodated, they can produce failure, hardship and potentially violence. Saunders argues that migration will not only help many western cities address the future employment problems associated with an aging demographic, but will also bring new vitality and industry to cities. But how these arrival cities are integrated into cities, and how their residents are accepted will be an important part of their potential for success or failure, and an important part of a city’s ability to either increase its resilience to future shocks and stresses.

Seen at the macro level, the “third great migration” will certainly create great stresses for cities, and potentially a number of future shocks. Building a conceptual framework for understanding the implications of the migration, and how cities can make a positive thing out of it, may be a very good focus for the next ResilientCity.org Design Ideas Competition.

We are thinking that we will launch the competition sometime this March. Let us know what you think. What do you think the goal of such a competition should be? To explore effective planning strategies for the migration that will increase urban resilience? To explore existing arrival city settlements and find case studies of successes? Tell us what you think.


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