Urban resilience

State of the art and future prospects

Authored by: Adriana Allen , John Twigg , Michael A. Burayidi , Christine Wamsler

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Resilience

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138583597
eBook ISBN: 9780429506666
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To a large extent, the “urban turn”, has also been the “resilience” turn. In fact, over the last two decades, thinking about urbanization as a planetary condition, and about climate change as an unequivocal threat, has somehow fostered wide consensus on the idea that we need to think and learn how to live not just in an “urban world”, but in a “resilient urban world”. A world where cities can prepare, withstand and recover from a wide range of crises and threats, both known and unknown, including global warming, disaster events, pandemic diseases, terrorism, and financial and social meltdown (Coaffee and Lee 2016). As put by Ahern (2011), the “aim [of urban resilience] is to contain and mitigate surprises by no longer assuming that urban environments are ‘fail-safe’, but rather to develop procedures that follow a ‘safe-to-fail’ strategy” (p. 341).

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