FUNDING: Princeton University Resilient City Lab

Cities are centers for innovation and offer economic and social opportunities.  They are complex, dynamic metasystems where technical, economic and social networks intersect.  Because the vulnerability of these intersecting systems cannot be completely predicted, cities are also hot spots for disasters caused by climate change, energy scarcity, growing urban populations and manmade and natural catastrophes. In the face of this unpredictability, we want cities to be resilient and able to prepare, respond to and recover from significant multi‐hazard threats with a minimum of damage to public safety, health, economy and security.  Under uncommon stress, people and property have proven to fare better in resilient cities.   The research goal of this proposal is to develop a community-level framework for studying extreme event scenarios in cities taking into account infrastructure and social dependencies.