Planning For Resilient Cities

Lessons from post-earthquake Canterbury

Authored by: Suzanne Vallance

The Routledge Handbook Of Planning For Health And Well-Being

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138023307
eBook ISBN: 9781315728261
Adobe ISBN: 9781317542407

10.4324/9781315728261.ch32

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Abstract

As I write this chapter, people living and working along the Thames in the United Kingdom are battling severe flooding and now, unfortunately, have something in common with victims of Hurricane Sandy (United States), Typhoon Haiyan (in the Philippines) and the Tohoku tsunami (Japan). The world seems more hazardous. This may be because the climate is changing more rapidly, and bringing more extreme weather events (IPCC 2013). It is possibly because urbanisation makes us more vulnerable to everything from microbes (Patel and Burke 2009) to an overdependence on (increasingly) privatised critical infrastructure (Klein 2007). Or maybe the world has always been risky but the quality of risk has changed (Beck 2009) with our knowledge that some of those ‘acts of God’ or so-called ‘natural’ disasters have very human causes, including inadequate planning.

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