How Cities' Most Underserved Neighborhoods Are Making Themselves More Resilient

Submitted by JW on Thu, 11/10/2016 - 10:05

While big-budget blockbuster projects in major cities make the headlines regularly, informal settlements and low-income neighborhoods "areas that grew organically without traditional city planning" are also grappling with resiliency and instigating smaller interventions of their own. While they're scrappier than their urbane counterparts, they hold valuable lessons. In 2014, Ideo.org (the nonprofit arm of the global design firm Ideo) and the U.K. Department for International Development embarked on a five-year partnership to develop a new model for aid projects. Called Amplify, the program is structured around 8 challenges, 6 of which have been announced: women's safety, early childhood development, refugee education, agricultural innovation, youth education, and, critically, urban resiliency.