On October 25, 2017, the Vancouver City Planning Commission (VCPC) in collaboration with the City of Vancouver, 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), and Simon Fraser University’s Public Square, hosted a high-level summit on resilience and the future of our city.
We held this event to encourage dialogue among thought leaders, experts and influencers from the public, private, non-profit and academic sectors. It was an opportunity to inform the City’s Resilience Assessment and set the foundation for the ensuing strategy.
To help frame the discussion at the Shaping Resiliency Summit, the VCPC prepared four briefing papers on different themes that aligned with our priority areas. Click on the title of each theme for a short backgrounder on the topic.
Shaping Resiliency Themes
- A City for All: Addressing the issues of inclusion, reconciliation and diversity are fundamental to a resilient future.
- Communities and Corridors: Resilience requires strong communities that are connected well to one another. Balancing the development of “place” and “passage” when done well, can support a vibrant civic community. Resilience requires creating community within a variety of built environments, including high rises.
- Engagement for Real: A resilient city needs to harness the wisdom and skills of its residents—empowering communities to act together to address challenges. There is need to bridge gaps in expectations and to further trust in the engagement process.
- Financing the Public Good and Public Spaces: Resilience requires that we reconsider how the public good, including investments in infrastructure and public spaces, in prevention and/or restoration, are financed. Are our current financing instruments sustainable and will they be appropriate in the future.