03 May INTERVIEW* to Ignasi Fontanals, Opticits Co-founder & CEO

During the last decade, the concept urban resilience –the capacity of a city to recover after a shock– is becoming popular. And with reason, as confirmed by the United Nations, which asserts that "Globally, 80 per cent of the largest cities are vulnerable to severe impacts from earthquakes, 60 per cent are at risk from storm surges and tsunamis, and all face new impacts caused by climate change". In this context, the start-up Opticits proposes a web-based tool allowing cities and corporations to anticipate these challenges. That is what Ignasi Fontanals, its co-founder, has told us.
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03 Nov Bristol, Lisbon and Barcelona powered by HAZUR

  One and a half year ago, we kicked off the RESCCUE project. RESCCUE, Europe's first large-scale innovation and urban resilience project, promotes the perception of a city as a whole, i.e. as a complex system of interconnected systems. This approach will be familiar to many of our audience, because it's our same analysis vector. RESCCUE is the embodiment of our way of analyzing cities in the form of an European project.
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18 Sep Impact Business Models for a Resilient World

Impact Business Model for a Resilient World



This summer Barcelona was hit by a terrible impact. First responders were the urban services working together with emergencies, police and the people facing cascading failure events between city services. Mobility was affected and taxis were taking the families outside of the area. Then, bars and restaurants offered food and water to the afraid citizens. Relatively far from the event, since the accesses to the city were closed cars had to stay on the ring road for hours suffering from high temperatures, thus needing at least some water to drink. People living nearby brought water to bring a basic service to the blocked drivers.
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16 Dec Why is the RESCCUE project disruptive? Synergies between industry and city

adobe-spark-7   In Greek mythology, Zeus asked his son Prometheus to create the human being. However, he spent so much time creating its masterpiece that he realized he had used all gifts Zeus had given to him, but that the human beings were intelligent but still harmless. Prometheus felt bad, stole Gods' fire and some tools from the Olympus and gave them to the humans to help them protecting from the climate and the hazards of the Earth. Zeus, enraged by the theft, chained and tortured Prometheus in the Caucasus, and humiliated his human beings and their cities in the Earth by sending Pandora with its box containing all the evils of the world. The human beings opened the box and its awful content spread over the Earth. Since then, human beings have needed to be resilient.
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23 Sep Sustainability and disaster resilience: Time is our life

wp13   On August the 24th, in the deep of the night, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit central Italy, an area on Apennine mountains, embracing villages situated in three central regions, Lazio, Umbria and Marche. After 15 days we know that 295 people died and about 400 were injured, right now about 5,000 people are homeless and about 4,700 are hosted in tent camps, others are hosted, by relatives and friends, in other cities. The major number of life losses is concentrated in three main villages, Amatrice, Accumoli and Arcquata del Tronto. Accumoli is the nearest to the epicenter of the earthquake. It is a tragedy and first of all our condolences go to the families, relatives and friends of the victims hit by this great pain.
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25 Jul Our Most Popular Posts for Better Cities

wp 11-v2 We would like to share with you our last internal analytics (July 2016) showing which are the posts that the community following us has read the most. A community of public servants, researchers, independent professionals, experts working in cities, private companies, non-profit organizations or engaged citizens from all over the world are following us and reacting to our thoughts and proposing interesting ideas to improve Urban Resilience.
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