The Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes (CRCL) uses planning and design to help communities and ecosystems adapt to the pressures of urbanization, inequality, and climate uncertainty. CRCL works with public, nonprofit, and academic partners to deliver practical and forward-thinking technical assistance that advances project implementation through interdisciplinary research, visualization of risk, project design scenarios, and facilitated convenings. CRCL integrates resilience thinking into design education and academic programming, bringing real-world challenges into the classroom to train future design leaders.

Established in 2018 at Columbia University’s Graduate School for Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), CRCL extends Columbia’s leadership in climate-related work and supports the interdisciplinary collaborations and external partnerships needed to engage the most serious and challenging issues of our time. CRCL is allied with the Earth Institute’s Climate Adaptation Initiative and works across disciplines at Columbia by bridging design with science and policy to improve the adaptive capacity of people and places.


February 19, 2020

Tel Aviv-Yafo Resilience Accelerator Report

CRCL is excited to share the final Tel Aviv-Yafo Resilience Accelerator report. Working with Resilient and Social Equality Authority, the City Architect, Environmental Authority, and scientists from Columbia, NASA, and Tel Aviv University, the Accelerator pioneered a new method of prioritizing areas of the city most exposed and vulnerable to heat.

January 10, 2020

CRCL Accompanies Urban Design Studio to Tel Aviv

In January, CRCL traveled to Tel Aviv-Yafo with the GSAPP Urban Design Studio students and faculty to support research and continuity between the Tel Aviv Resilience Accelerator and the Spring 2020 Urban Design Studio: Great Rift Valley. While in Tel Aviv, historic flooding elevated the inequities and legacies of 21st Century planning and design.