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 change. CRCL works with public, nonprofit, and academic partners to deliver practical and forward-thinking technical assistance 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.

Our Work


July 27, 2020

Green New Deal Superstudio

CRCL teams up with McHarg Center at Penn Design, Landscape Architecture Foundation, American Society of Landscape Architects and Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture.


July 15, 2020

WeACT Summer Institute with Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School

Students from the Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS) have conceived a plan to turn the street in front of their school, 182nd Street, into a “Clean Air Green Corridor.”  This project would create a new park and public space that would connect the many schools in the community and Highbridge Park.  Under the guidance of their teachers and partners at WeACT for Environmental Justice, students have already taken their plan to the Community Board, Councilmember, and began further public engagement and pilot greening projects on their block.