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The Response

Nov 5, 2019

Every element of a city’s design, from a neighborhood’s street lighting to a sidewalk’s drainage to the shape of the skyline, has politics behind it. It’s not always clear what those politics are, or who the decision-makers behind them were, but it’s there. You just have to look closely and you’ll see it.


Oct 16, 2019

The Response revisits a disaster that has its roots in inequality, austerity, and institutional racism. On June 14, 2017, a fire started in a 24-story public housing apartment building in West London called Grenfell Tower. The fire raged all night and reduced the building to a shell. Seventy-two people lost their lives,...


Oct 1, 2019

When discussing climate change these days, it’s no longer suitable to simply imagine its impacts on “future generations.” It’s also not exactly appropriate to imagine the result of climate change as being some kind of apocalyptic, end-of-the-world scenario. Climate change is happening right now, and its impacts...


Sep 17, 2019

An in depth interview with Paris’s Chief Resilience Officer, Sebastian Maire, about what that city has been doing in order to build resilience in the face of the climate crisis.

The conversation covers the six main resilience challenges in Paris, their three-tiered approach to meeting those challenges, and how they...


Sep 3, 2019

In the first episode of our second season, The Response travels to Mexico City and puts the focus on the 2017 Puebla Earthquake — a magnitude 7.1 quake that toppled over forty buildings, caused over 350 deaths, and injured thousands. Specifically, we explore the significance of information flows by telling the story...