In an era rocked by environmental, economic, and political upheaval, our cities and communities must be resilient in order to survive. But what does resilience mean, exactly? And how can we address the problems facing America today — poverty, job loss, crumbling infrastructure, pollution — while preparing for an uncertain tomorrow?

Over the past year, the Island Press Urban Resilience Project has brought together some of the country’s leading resilience thinkers to produce a wide-ranging series of articles that sought to answer these challenging questions. A compilation of this work is now available in the e-book Resilience Matters 2016: Sustainable, Equitable Solutions, available for free online.