Newsletter “Climate resilience: cities and regions take action” – July 2021

To adapt in order to better resist hazards. The concept of "urban resilience" is now inspiring new strategies and development plans for cities, and calls for rethinking territorial strategies at all levels. The toolbox of planners and builders is being expanded to take into account the effects of climate change. On the ground, communities are increasingly aware of climate risks.

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— Analysis 

Resilient cities today

The concept of urban resilience is defined as a city’s capacity to adapt and maintain continuity through shocks – especially climate disasters. The concept has inspired new techniques, strategies, and development plans for cities and regions, and has finally entered into law in France.

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— Projection 

Climate resilience in action

When it comes to heatwaves and flooding we’re finding more ways to adapt. But if we want to combat these weather phenomena we must rethink architecture and create new regional strategies.

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— Opinion

[conversation] Nicolas Beaurez, Head of the Resilience-Transitions-Climate mission at Cerema

Urban planners and constructors today have access to an ever-expanding toolbox to help them take on board the effects of climate change. On the ground, local authorities are becoming more aware that the threat of global warming is nigh. Yet we must act faster, explains Nicolas Beaurez, head of Resilience, Transition, and Climate projects at Cerema.

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— Radar 

Our selection of innovative businesses #37

Kocliko raises €2.8 million for its building energy optimization solution. Vizcab, Lyon-based startup and construction industry SaaS Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) software specialists, raises €1.2 million from Banque des Territoires and A/0 Proptech. Construction tech startup Extracker’s ( (San Francisco) cost communication platform raises $5.3 million in Series A funding. Construction industry augmented reality experts XYZ Reality (UK) raises £20 million to accelerate its development and rollout its AR-assisted helmet for construction sites.

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— Trends 

Getting down to business: climate resilience scenarios, strategies and actions

Over the past few years, the concept of climate resilience has established itself as a regular feature in the conceptual toolkit for builders, developers, urban planners and decision-makers’ at all levels. In France, it’s at the crossroads between two laws currently being debated: the loi Climat et resilience (Climate and resilience law) and the loi 4D (the so-called “4D” law). Here’s an overview of the techniques and reference sources based on feedback from various cities.

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— Radar  

Our selection of innovative businesses #38

Toggle, the specialist in robotic rebar assembly, raises $8 million. Dusty and its robotic layout services raise $16.5 million. Aeditive raises €6 million for its automatic additive manufacturing solution for reinforced concrete prefab elements.

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