Resilient Cities

At theOtherDada, we have been looking at city resilience. As it is becoming a hip word we have been trying to have our own understanding of resilience and researching what are the characteristic of a resilient city.

According to the Rockefeller Foundation, urban resilience is the capacity of cities (individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems) to survive, adapt, and thrive in the face of stress and shocks, and even transform when conditions require it. Moreover resilient cities share the following characteristics:

  • Awareness: when cities are aware about their strengths and weaknesses when faced with a specific threat. It is also the cities’ ability to reassess and readjust their strengths and weaknesses according to the different situation that they are in.
  • Diversity: when cities are able to operate under diverse circumstances. It is also when cities are able to switch to back-up plans and resources in a situation of emergency.
  • Self-regulating: when cities are able to endure a catastrophe and are still able to function even if part of their system has collapsed.  Those cities tend to recover faster once the threats are finished.
  • Integrated: when the individuals, groups and organization within cities are able to collaborate, share information and ideas to come-up with solutions
  • Adaptive: when cities are able to adjust to changing conditions by developing new plans and implement them. It is also the ability be flexible and use resources for multifunctional purposes.

In this retrospect, how can Beirut become a resilient city? Below are images showing some of the daily challenges that Beirut is facing:


After the last storm, Beirut’s waterfront was left completely destroyed from the waves.


Daily traffic in Beirut obstructs main arteries of the city affecting people’s efficiency and therefore the country’s economical development.










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About tOD

Active since 2010, the architecture lab theOtherDada defends an alternative position towards the current practice of sustainability through exploration of the context and medium, invoking new relationships between climate, landscape, and inhabitants. Informed by our research into biomimicry, we aim to connect to the natural ecosystems of sites to understand and consequently devise new potential living habitats. theOtherDada works within a collaborative process between architects, scientists, botanists, artists, economists and craftsmen.

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