Cities are crystalline intersections of population growth, economic activity and infrastructure development. Climate change and its associated chronic stresses, however, are increasingly posing formidable challenges to our habitats. Extreme rainfall can bring a city to a halt, extreme heat waves put growing numbers of lives at risk, and landslides can cause major damage to infrastructure. Cities today must adopt to new realities, ensuring citizen’s life, critical urban infrastructures and economic assets.
AIT is helping cities and private businesses to understand, measure and plan for a resilient future. Our approach to building resilient environments and communities addresses three areas of action: resilience in the context of urban and regional development agendas; resilience as a crucial issue in the early stages of urban planning processes; and resilience as a retained value in existing conditions.
For cities and regions, infrastructure owners and industrial properties
In cooperation with our clients, we develop tailored approaches to adapt to climate change that include resilience as a component of local development agendas. Our team provides science-based risk exposure assessments to help decode complex, cascading effects. Based on comprehensive and rapid assessment, we help concerned stakeholders in determining which risks need protective action, which risks can be mitigated, and how to prioritise needed investments. This approach forms the basis for sound design strategies and comprehensive resilience action plans, both for urban areas and for regions.
Resilient planning for climate-proof investments
For real estate developers and urban and regional planning agencies
We treat resilience as an integral part of future-proof urban planning and proactive management. Our team guides cities, private builders and industrial site operators in future-proofing their investments in the early planning stages— when cost-efficiency ratios are highest. Spending on resilience is always a viable investment—whether you’re building a new district, developing a building, or realising an infrastructure project. Our approach is to ingrain a resilient DNA into every project in order to mitigate risks and realise the greatest cost benefits.
Climate adaptation as retrofitting
A major task of our times is the retrofitting of built environments to deal with climate change and its associated shocks. Risks and vulnerabilities, as well as critical assets and functions, must be identified to design feasible and cost-efficient adaptation strategies. The realisation of such measures within existing frameworks requires a highly collaborative approach involving multiple stakeholders and suitable financial mechanisms.