Design for Resilient Cities

Reflections from a studio

Authored by: Mahyar Arefi

Companion to Urban Design

Print publication date:  January  2011
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415553643
eBook ISBN: 9780203844434
Adobe ISBN: 9781136920097


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Resiliency is an emerging concept in urban design which fosters new thinking about designing less vulnerable and more flexible cities. From Chicago and San Francisco which recovered from big fires in the nineteenth century, Berlin and Beirut which survived wars in the twentieth century, and New Orleans which – in the face of its geologic and hydrologic limitations – is re-emerging from the Hurricane Katrina in the twenty-first century (Kates et al. 2007), to vibrant pockets of everyday urbanism observed in Istanbul, Mumbai and New York, resilient cities manifest the saga of survival, governance, sustainability, adaptability and flexibility.

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