What do the cities of Barcelona, Durban, Melbourne and Paris have in common? They are all resilient cities. And as lockdown measures return to cities worldwide due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the concept — which originated in the early 21st century — seems more relevant than ever.
A variety of dramatic events have seen populations worldwide follow similar patterns: healing their wounds before getting up and carrying on with life. With 20,000 buildings flooded and some 150,000 people affected, the 1910 Great Flood of Paris was a major natural disaster.