Resilience refers to how the people, institutions, organisations and systems within a city are able to survive, adapt and grow, despite major stressors or shocks that may occur.

Social Inclusion Projects
Social Inclusion Projects
Environment & Climate Change Projects
Environment & Climate Change Projects

Resilience refers to how the people, institutions, organisations and systems within a city are able to survive, adapt and grow, despite major stressors or shocks that may occur.

It is crucial for cities to anticipate and/ or recover from a wide range of issues threatening their function, the wellbeing of their citizens and environment, and ability to compete now and in the future.

This requires a paradigm shift towards building soft infrastructure, creating solutions not just for communities but addressing intra-urban differences in wealthier and poorer neighbourhoods. City authorities should also create systems of strong iterative learning both through their own experiences as well as through their counterparts in other locations and networks of urban stakeholders.

By strengthening the underlying fabric of a city and responding to potential shocks and stressors, a city can improve its growth trajectory and the well-being of its citizens.

At Think City, we work on solutions that enhance the resilience of the environment and people, with particular focus on supporting vulnerable populations in a sustainable way. Our process is anchored in advancing our knowledge of city systems and communities and designing locally relevant solutions.

Institutional capacity is another area of focus, enabling city stakeholders to understand the risks to urban development and to formulate strategies to counter them.

Our projects to date have focused on health, safety, social inclusion, and environmental resilience initiatives, clustered around nature-based solutions for climate adaptation, as well as advocacy work on climate change.

Nature-Based Solutions in Climate Adaptation

The Resilience team specialises in nature-based solutions to combat the effects of climate change such as flash floods or the Urban Heat Island effect, referring to urban or metropolitan areas which experience significantly warmer temperatures than surrounding rural areas due to human activities. Examples of solutions include greening to reduce temperature or improve air quality and plant-based methods of increasing water catchment to alleviate flooding.

The team developed a nature-based climate adaptation plan which led Penang, Malaysia to win first place at the Climathon Global Cities Awards 2020 at the ChangeNOW Summit in Paris—organised by EU’s main climate innovation body, EIT Climate-KIC. Penang was one of the five city finalists alongside Dublin, Ireland; Salvador, Brazil; Khartoum, Sudan; and Miami, USA. The winning climate solutions plan was in collaboration with the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) to deal with effects of climate change on the island of Penang.

Our work also covers education and advocacy on climate change, including a mangroves forest restoration programme and the introduction of the first ever Climate Action Week in Malaysia.

Safety & Health Programmes

Our work in Resilience includes programmes on health, safety and social inclusion, targeting vulnerable communities such as women, migrants and people experiencing homelessness.

On-ground fact-finding such as perception audits, surveys and interviews form the foundation of our programme design. Interventions aim to increase their sense of belonging, and of being safe and welcome, co-produced with community and stakeholders. Free migrant health screening, self-defense classes for women and individual support for people sleeping rough, linking them with local businesses, complement each other to achieve change in downtown Kuala Lumpur.