Toward Resilient Cities & Landscapes

On Tuesday, March 27th, we hosted the launch event of Columbia GSAPP’s Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes on the Morningside campus, joined by over 200 students, faculty and guests. The event gave the audience some insight into the goals of the new center, highlighted some opportunities for engagement, and incorporated an academic discussion on the topic of resilient cities.

The event described the center’s inaugural project, the creation of a groundbreaking Resilience Accelerator in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities (100RC). The Resilience Accelerator aims to leverage the research, planning and design expertise at Columbia with the local knowledge and relationships of the partner cities to advance high priority resilience projects that will help cities confront the impacts of climate change.


  • Sam Carter, Director, Resilience Accelerator, 100 Resilient Cities
  • Courtney Smith, Program Associate, Resilience, The Rockefeller Foundation
Panel Discussion:
  • Radley Horton, Lamont Associate Research Professor and Co-Chair, Climate Adaptation Initiative
  • Upmanu Lall, Director, Columbia Water Center
  • Kate Orff, Director, Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes and Principal, SCAPE
  • Thaddeus Pawlowski, Managing Director, Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes (moderator)