Resilient infrastructure

This solution addresses infrastructure that fails during crises in New Orleans, USA for local communities

Problem Description

In order to be a city that supports the health, safety, and prosperity of its people, we need systems that are reliable—both in times of crisis and in our daily lives.

Building Blocks

Story

"Resilient infrastructure" is 1 of 3 goals of New Orleans' Resilience Strategy. New Orleans faces significant challenges: climate change and rising sea levels, land subsidence and coastal erosion, and lack of equity and opportunity for all New Orleanians. For our city, being resilient means more than levees holding back water and wetlands protecting us from storms. It means striking a balance between human needs and the environment that surrounds us while also combating the chronic stresses of violence, poverty, and inequality.

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Organisations Involved

Contributed By

  • Jeff Hebert, Chief Resilience Officer, New Orleans, USA

Solution Stage

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STAGE SPECIALIST SKILLS REQUIRED EXAMPLE ACTIVITIES RISK LEVEL AND HANDLING FINANCE REQUIRED KINDS OF EVIDENCE GENERATED GOAL
Developing and testing3
Mix of design and implementation skills
  • Rapid prototyping
  • Service, product and process design
  • Co-design
  • User-design
  • Light-touch evaluation
  • Cost-benefit modelling
  • Randomised control trials
  • High failure rate should be an explicit expectation
  • Visible senior leadership essential
HIGH
  • Grants, convertible grants/loans
MEDIUM
A stronger case with cost and benefit projections developed through practical trials and experiments, involving potential users
Demonstration that the idea works, or evidence to support a reworking of the idea

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Activity