“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.

 — Albert Einstein

Participation & Resources

Wondering what else you can do to make difference and become part of the ResilientCity planning and design network?  Here are some suggestions:

1.  Become familiar with the issues.
We recommend the following books as great backgrounders to understanding the key issues:

And then watch Gregory Green's Video: The End of Suburbia, (directed by Gregory Greene, one of ResilientCity's Ideas Competition Jury Members) that very effectively treats all of the key issues of peak oil and its potential impact on urban planning and city design.

2.  Participate in our next ResilientCity.org Ideas Design Competition to explore and then exhibit your ideas about how we could more effectively design our cities and buildings to achieve greater resilience.

3.  Inform your professional organization's continuing education program about the importance of resilience and future proofing cities and suggest that they develop courses or conferences around the concept of resiience.

4.  If you are a member of a Green Building Council (like USGBC or CaGBC) then make your voice heard and tell your local chapter and your national representatives to make energy conservation a higher priority and requirement in their LEED building credit system. Although all of the LEED credits are important, reducing energy consumption in buildings is the most important single action to reduce green house gas emissions, and our reliance on fossil fuels.

5.  Become familiar with any initiatives to re-localize food production in your city, and lend your support to those initiatives. For example, in Toronto, find out more about the Stop Community Food Centre. Located in Toronto's Davenport West neighbourhood, The Stop Community Food Centre (The Stop) works to increase people's access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds community and challenges inequality.

6.  Send us your comments, suggestions and ideas on how you think we can plan and design more resilient cities, as well as how we can improve the ResilientCity.org website. We are a new website, so we wlll very much appreciate hearing from you on how we can make it more useful for you, at Contact Us.

Resources for Resilient Cities

The links pages listed at the right may be helpful as you explore the ideas and concepts of resilient city planning and design.

Resilience Definitions

The term Resilience the way we are using it has its origins in the science of ecology. In ecology, the term resilience refers to an ecosystem’s ability to successfully cope with external shocks and stresses. On this page we provide two useful definitions of resilience that have helped us in shaping the development of our resilient planning and design ideas and principles for resilient cities.

Essential Website Links

Links to websites of key climate change, peak oil resources as well as websites dealing with transition and depowering. We have also included some key links related to climate science, and the monitoring of the environment.

Essential Books

Links to a few essential books for understanding the breadth and depth of both climate change and  peak oil issues, that provide a good  foundation for understanding their future potential impact on the way we plan and design cities.

Please contact us to suggest additional links.