The biggest risks facing cities -- and some solutions
With fantastic new maps that show interactive, visual representations of urban fragility, Robert Muggah articulates an ancient but resurging idea: cities shouldn't just be the center of economics -- they should also be the foundation of our political lives. Looking around the world, from Syria to Singapore to Seoul and beyond, Muggah submits six principles for how we can build more resilient cities. "Cities are where the future happens first. They're open, creative, dynamic, democratic, cosmopolitan, sexy," Muggah says. "They're the perfect antidote to reactionary nationalism."
Reach out to an inter-city movement and take action. Great examples include the Global Parliament of Mayors, the C40, United Cities and Local Government (UCLG), Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), the US Conference of Mayors and Eurocities.
Share data on cities so that citizens are better informed. Reach out to the CREATE Lab or the Igarapé Institute and they might be able to visualize your datasets.