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  • Type Book/book chapter
  • Date 14 June 2022


Resilient cities require modern infrastructure that can withstand the challenges of a growing population and environmental threats. The community of interest that focuses on building resilient infrastructure utilises classic risk assessment techniques that concentrate on what can go wrong in a city’s infrastructure and then determine where to reduce risk. While traditional risk assessments can provide insights to policy makers on where to allocate investments, the novel approach of a “Success Path” can help policy makers frame the discussion of infrastructure investments from a different vantage point. Argonne National Laboratory has developed the Success Path methodology to understand, analyse and manage operational risk. The methodology challenges stakeholders to envision future cities, starting with the question “What must go right?” The Success Path approach seeks to take the concept of resilient cities to develop avenues for stakeholders to meet their vision for the city. While the Success Path approach typically focuses on critical lifeline infrastructure, this paper introduces the concept of social infrastructure, such as public parks, public libraries and cultural areas, which provide space to build social connections and build social resiliency.


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Sara Lechtenberg-Kasten

Research Fellow Sara is a research fellow in the Energy Transitions and Electric Power program. She joined the research center in 2015,… Sara is a research fellow in the Energy Transitions and Electric Power program. She joined the research center in 2015, bringing extensive experience in designing politically sensitive studies for governmental and non-governmental organizations. Sara has worked at strategic, operational and tactical levels during both study design and implementing change. She has also led multidisciplinary teams and worked with clients worldwide, with experiences in Saudi Arabia, Haiti, El Salvador, Kuwait, Nigeria, Thailand, and South Africa.


  • Nexus between energy access
  • Energy poverty and human development; and energy access to build resiliency
  • Relief and reconstruction.

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Erna Gevondyan

Erna Gevondyan

Energy Systems Risk Analyst in the Energy Systems Divisio, Argonne National Laboratory

Adam C. Bouloukos

Adam C. Bouloukos

United Nations Development Programme

John Hummel

John Hummel

Lead for Integrated Resiliency Analyses and Interim Group Leader for the Decision Sciences Group, Argonne National Laboratory

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