Can Urban Acupuncture Make Cities More Resilient?


Lily Bui


To address the biggest challenges of the 21st century, such as urbanization, climate change, and the effects of more frequent disasters, we need innovative approaches to diagnose and address these acute shocks and chronic stressors.
Urban acupuncture is about seeing the city as an organism, identifying its stress areas and applying small-scale interventions to revitalise it. The concept is used in cities around the world to tackle complex problems, reduce disaster risk and build resilience.
In this talk we will discuss innovative acupuncture examples, like the use of flowers to improve tsunami evacuation in Japan, green belts in Singapore to absorb rain, cable cars in Medellin to integrate the poor or place-making initiatives to fill void areas affected by earthquakes in New Zealand.

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Primary Entry: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Film Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Dual
Event Type: Session
Level: Intermediate