Lecture 4

lecture title

Resilient Infrastructure

delivered by

Ian Carradice, Director at Arup


The CAA’s Survey of the Built Environment Professions in the Commonwealth identified a critical lack of professional capacity in many of the Commonwealth countries which are urbanising most rapidly and are among the most vulnerable. Much of this growth is being experienced in secondary cities in which there may be no professional built environment expertise at all. 

In this lecture, Ian outlines the principles of resilient infrastructure design, the role of planetary solutions and its importance to the development of cities which are both sustainable and resilient. Drawing on a case study of a planned city extension in Muscat, Oman, Ian illustrates the many benefits to be achieved and the value to be added by adopting a more systematic, integrated design approach that also minimises cost and carbon emissions.

This lecture was was first broadcast on the 23rd July 2020 and was watched by over 347 participants from over 40 countries. The live recording of this lecture is available here, with the pre-recorded version available at the top of this webpage. The event was chaired by Steven Oundo, Commonwealth Association of Architects Vice President, Africa. Upon conclusion of the lecture, Ian and Steven were joined in conversation by Nuha Eltinay, Senior Urban Specialist, Resilience and Disaster Risk Management, MENA Region, World Bank.

key concepts

Risk management, Resilience, Landscape, Transport, Energy, Water, Waste, ICT, Circular economy, Governance, User v Capital Carbon, Integrated design. 

relevant SDGs

SDG9, SDG11, SDG12, SDG13 

links to further information

City Resilience Index
City Water Resilience Response
Future Cities: Building Infrastructure Resilience
Introducing Resilient Infrastructure
Planetary Boundaries
LETI Climate Emergency Design Guide
Resilience Shift

additional resources

Live lecture, first broadcast 23 July 2020, available here.
A copy of the presentation can be found here.
A copy of the speaker notes can be found here.