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The American Institute of Architects Joins the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge
Kriston Capps / ARCHITECT / September 24, 2013
At the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, the AIA was announced as a partner in a new effort to boost resiliency in cities.
To kick off the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, President Bill Clinton announced a global Commitment to Action to support at least 100 cities in hiring a chief resilience officer—in an effort to develop and finance new infrastructure. The effort, part of the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, is being led by the Rockefeller Foundation with Swiss Re, Palantir, Architecture for Humanity, and the American Institute of Architects.
A new organization to be called 100 Resilient Cities will coordinate the network of cities and the services offered to this network. The AIA, Swiss Re, Architecture for Humanity, and Palantir are committed to offering these services.
“The American Institute of Architects and Architecture for Humanity are committed to creating a series of Regional Resilient Design Studios,” said AIA Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA, in a release. “By building upon our experience helping recover in the wake of major disasters, these studios will train and engage architects in their communities before disasters strike.”
Since as much as 75 percent of the world’s population may live in cities by 2050, the effort launched today seeks to prepare populations for future shocks, from extreme weather and seismic events to terrorism. As part of the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge, more than 500 cities worldwide registered to be invited to participate in the network. On Dec. 3, at the Rockefeller Foundation’s annual Innovation Forum, the winning cities will be announced. These will be the cities that will be eligible for various services provided by the AIA, Architecture for Humanity, Palantir, and Swiss Re.