Building a more livable, sustainable cities
Cities around the world are coping with circumstances not experienced in over a century. The ongoing global health crisis has exposed and entrenched previously existing vulnerabilities in economic markets, social equity, and infrastructure investment. Simultaneously, technological innovations have advanced decades of projected action in less than a year. Recovery from the pandemic requires reshaping city development and offers an opportunity for targeting investments to more effectively meet the challenges on the horizon.
For these reasons, Orbia, company which works with specialty products and innovative solutions for building and infrastructure, precision agriculture, health care delivery and data communications, and the Resilient Cities Network (R-Cities), the city-led network cultivating knowledge, practice, and partnerships to empower cities to advance the lives of urban dwellers, announced a new partnership – they will work together to produce cutting edge infrastructure investment solutions across water supply systems, urban food systems, and connectivity.
“At Orbia, we are on the forefront of solving some of the world’s most important challenges with the solutions provided by our community of companies,” said Sameer Bharadwaj, CEO of Orbia. “We also recognize the important role partnerships with innovative organizations will play in helping us achieve success in these endeavors. That’s why we’re proud to partner with R-Cities to accelerate resilient, practical solutions that will help advance the lives of those in cities around the world.”
This long-term partnership will help drive forward the transition toward resilient cities by promoting sustainable infrastructure investments. The work will utilize Orbia’s expertise in material innovation and draw on the intellectual heft of R-Cities members who are leaders in creating safe, smart, and equitable solutions in urban environments. Together with its business groups, Orbia and R-Cities members will identify materials, products and systems that value long-term savings over short-term costs and implement circularity-driven practices.
Starting this month, Orbia and R-Cities will begin work in Europe, North America, Mexico and the Middle East, and over time will look to expand to other regions such as Asia. As the partnership ramps up, Orbia will provide R-Cities members access to expertise, tools, trainings, and financial resources that improve city processes and projects.
“Together we can gain a bigger understanding and solve the immense challenges faced by cities around the world more effectively,” encouraged Rotterdam City Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb. “As a board member of R-Cities and Mayor of Rotterdam, I have seen many partnerships that have equipped cities with innovative solutions in fields like clean and reliable energy or data communications and connectivity. Cooperation, such as this partnership between R-Cities and Orbia, will address obstacles on the road to a more resilient future.”