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In the lead-up to COP26 in November 2021, this report will examine the role that London as a world leading city is playing in mitigating climate change, and preparing for future climate events, with a showcase of key projects and initiatives being led in the city. 
 
London is a world leading city, a thriving centre for culture, finance, transport, an economic powerhouse and a global destination. It has proven its ability to respond to crisis and to come out of them stronger, from fires, wars and pestilence. Its resilience is embedded in its city form, with its ability to adapt and change, and in the incredible human capital that is unique to London.
 
And yet today, London is facing one of the greatest crises in its own history – climate change. The most critical issue effecting the entire globe, with consequences that vary according to the geographies, from forests to oceans, from coastal communities to dense cities, from the artic to the equator. What are the main climate risks that cities need to respond to? 
 
The climate emergency not only urges the built environment sector to drastically cut carbon emissions but also poses crucial questions about how our cities will adapt to a changing climate. From extreme weather events to overheating, from flooding to sea level rising, how is London preparing for these challenges? Is London’s built environment sector adapting the way we design, build and retrofit to address future climate shocks? And at the pace required? How can we develop a model of city resilience that is inclusive and ensures protection of the most vulnerable?
 
Drawing on expertise from London and overseas, we look at what it takes to build a more climate resilient city, and the role that cities and city leaders across the globe have to play in supporting the climate agenda on the world stage.
 
 
Research aim
 
• To bring strong messages about the central role of the built environment sector and cities as key player in the climate agenda as part of COP26 engagement activities 
• To identify the main climate risks that London is facing
• To analyse how London is responding to those climate risks and what main strategies are in place to build resilience
• To document how the built environment sector is building climate resilience in infrastructure, buildings and natural environment in the city
• To share knowledge and lessons from other cities on how to create a resilience city
 
 
Research questions
 
• What does climate resilience mean in the context of cities? How do we define it? 
• What are the main climate risks that London is facing?  
• What is London’s policy response to climate risks? What are the main policies and strategies in place in London Boroughs and at the Greater London Authority?
• What is London’s built environment sector doing to build resilience in the urban fabric, looking at infrastructure, buildings, water, biodiversity, planning etc? 
• How can we make our infrastructure and buildings resilient to future climates? 
• What are currently the main challenges to implement the solutions that will make London resilient?
• What can we learn from other cities about embedding resilience in cities?

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New London Architecture (NLA) is inviting submissions of projects that showcase innovative, efficient and sustainable approaches to climate resilience. Selected projects will be included in a new NLA report about London’s climate resilience, launching in September in the lead up to COP26.

Deadline For Entry: 15 July
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