AIA Foundation Commends Addition of 35 More Cities to 100 Resilient Cities Challenge

AIAF Pledges Continued Support for 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation

Washington, D.C. – December 3, 2014 – The AIA Foundation today commended the addition of 35 new cities worldwide to 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, to be part of the 100 Resilient Cities network. The announcement was made during The Rockefeller Foundation’s Urban Resilience Summit in Singapore.

The AIA Foundation became a platform partner in the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge as part of a commitment made at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. Partners pledged to support the cities’ Chief Resilience Officers (CRO), create resilience strategies, and provide access to tools, technical support, and resources. 100 Resilient Cities also pledged to create a network for CROs to share information and best practices.

Please attribute the following statement to AIAF Executive Director Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop:

“The American Institute of Architects Foundation is thrilled with the addition of 35 more cities to the 100 Resilient Cities Network and pledges its continued support for this vital Rockefeller Foundation initiative.

“The AIA Foundation – through the American Institute of Architects component network nationwide – is already working in several of the selected U.S. cities to guide them in their selection of chief resilience officers and to provide AIA member expertise in resilience planning. Indeed, the AIAF hopes to act as a matchmaker of sorts between the cities that have been granted CROs and the architects and planning experts who can offer assistance and can help integrate design thinking into the monumental tasks facing CROs.”

The cities selected as winners of the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge are:

Accra, Ghana

Amman, Jordan

Arusha, Tanzania

Athens, Greece

Barcelona, Spain

Belgrade, Serbia

Bangalore, India

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Calí, Colombia

Chennai, India

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Dallas, Texas, USA

Deyang, China

Enugu, Nigeria

Huangshi, China

Juarez, Mexico

Kigali, Rwanda

Lisbon, Portugal

London, England

Milan, Italy

Montreal, Canada

Paris, France

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA

Santa Fe, Argentina

Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic

Santiago, Chile

Singapore, Singapore

St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Sydney, Australia

Thessaloniki, Greece

Toyama, Japan

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Wellington City, New Zealand

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