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Developing small-scale local initiatives for increased urban resilience

Dhruv Bahl



Thursday, June 30, 2022


Multifunction Hall Room 11
Institute for Housing and Urban Studies, Rotterdam
Building Resilience for Sustainable Urban Futures
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This training session is based on three initiatives from different contexts around the world. Three selected small-scale cases of community initiatives will be presented to the participants by the initiators themselves.
The participants will take part in a training under the guidance of three urban development experts. Each expert will cover one thematic area: socio-cultural resilience, environmental resilience and socio-economic resilience.
The training will hence consist of a theory and a practice section, which provides the participants with enhancing their knowledge and skills, while working towards an action plan. Based on their mission, ideas and challenges. three “mobile teams” of participants and experts, will advice the initiatives for further development and sustainable growth. In the theoretical part, participants will learn how to work towards resilience and sustainability via small-scale initiatives and how to develop solutions and make action plans. By discussing and analysing the different thematic aspects shared by the small-scale initiative representatives in a group setting, they will be able to identify the core issues faced by each intervention, and come up with collaborative solutions and plans through peer-learning.


At the end of the training, participants will be able to understand the concepts of urban community initiatives and community resilience, The training session will create and nurture an environment to discuss and exchange experiences happening locally. Participants will learn how to synthesise and utilise knowledge from one context and apply it to another, while remaining aware of the varying circumstances and factors that might influence the result.
At the same time, the training will increase the participants’ knowledge and capacity on assessing socio-cultural, environmental and socio-economic resilience.
showcased in three case studies. To systematise good practices (from the different case studies selected from the IHS Alumni International Urban Impact Award) in order to inspire participants to develop their own initiatives. At the same time, recognise the unquestionable impact of bottom-up initiatives on urban transformation and community resilience. “Leave no one behind” - Grounding the practitioner's experience in a larger context. And showcase the positive externalities beyond their initial project effectively leaving a larger impact in their communities. Thus, having a larger impact in unforeseen areas and “leaving no one behind”.

Session speakers

Trainer Alexander Jachnow
Lead Specialist in Strategic Urban Planning and Policy
Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies
Trainer Indriany Lionggo
Urban Economic Development and Environment Resilience Specialist
Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies
Trainer Tannya Pico
Architect, Professor at Faculty of Architecture
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador