Urban Resilience

19 Jun Opticits and urban resilience

The startup helps councils to simulate the response of city services due to acute shocks and chronic stresses

What happens in a city when there is flooding? There are companies that calculate the height at which the water can rise, but the question is how this crisis might affect city services. This is what Opticits does, helping cities to create urban resilience plans. The startup has created the first online platform "for local authorities and companies to study the interdependence and effects between the different services in a city during a crisis," says Ignasi Fontanals, the company’s CEO.
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12 Jun 7 key learnings from a EU startup that is “2 Years Ahead Of The Market” (2YAOTM)

    In Barcelona we have the 4YFN (Four Years From Now, the startup business platform of Mobile World Congress Barcelona), the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) and the Barcelona Resilience Days. They all talk about entrepreneurship, sustainability, resilience, technology, quantum computing... But after 2 years of experience as entrepreneur member of a EU project, I must say that we would need a new event call "2 Years Ahead Of The Market" (2YAOTM) for those who are sailing across the ocean of real entrepreneurship to provoke a paradigm shift in cities.
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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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11 Jul The Resurgence of Urban Resilience

Léelo en español WP 9 - resurgence EN Urban Resilience is fashionable. Multilateral organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Bank or the European Community have firmly bet on Urban Resilience. They are promoting it and supporting it to implement this approach in cities all around the world. But, why this resilient fever? And why now, and not a century or three centuries ago? Is Urban Resilience a new concept coming from deep thoughts from the 21st Century brilliant minds?
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