Resilience to Recovery

The pandemic has impacted cities, businesses and infrastructure in many different ways. Some of our most critical domains have been pushed to their limits and beyond. We explore the path to resilience for those tested to their limits, the road to recovery for some of the hardest hit and the steps needed to fortify and build back stronger than ever.

The road to recovery

As cities continue to grapple with many unknowns, life is returning to the streets. This brings a myriad of new challenges – including how to build back confidence in mass transit, how to keep people safe as they move through transport systems and streets and how to plan it all within realistic budgets. However, with planning comes an opportunity for a green recovery.

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The path to resilience

Discover the economic and societal fault lines exposed by COVID-19 and our specific advice for how organizations can leverage the pandemic to enhance their resilience in the face of an uncertain future.

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Our people make us resilient

As we have plotted our course through the pandemic, it’s our people who have continued to deliver for clients and communities, while coping with challenges none of us expected at the start of 2020.

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The 5 Critical Aspects of Resilience


Societies, cities, communities, and organizations are only as resilient as their people. After the pandemic, we must focus on improving the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable, and enhance theresilience of wherever they live, work or play


Resilience can be enhanced by embracing new resilience-conscious ways of designing and retrofitting buildings, facilities, and urban spaces in a post-pandemic world.


Resilience thinking must be placed at the heart of business continuity planning. Collaboration must also be embraced, between communities, organizations, industry sectors and supply chains.


Digital tools and platforms are essential for gathering and analyzing data which can inform smart decisions that can ensure business continuity and lead to competitive advantage.


Resilience and sustainability go hand-in-hand. By implementing projects that improve sustainability performance, reducing resource consumption and protecting the environment, organizations enhance long-term resilience.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UN-Habitat asked the Arcadis Shelter Program to provide technical support on resilience planning issues such as water management, buildings, and mobility, in urban spaces in the developing world. That advice has been compiled into a new document the Healthy Pandemic Resilient Cities report, which is available on the World Urban Campaign website, the UN-Habitat partners platform.

For ten years, Arcadis has partnered with UN-Habitat in the Shelter Program, through which Arcadians provide pro-bono expertise to assist in UN-Habitat missions around the world.

Resilience to Recovery

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