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The Routledge Handbook of Urban Resilience

ISBN 9781138583597
Published December 5, 2019 by Routledge
562 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume provides a comprehensive discussion and overview of urban resilience, including socio-ecological and economic hazard and disaster resilience. It provides a summary of state of the art thinking on resilience, the different approaches, tools and methodologies for understanding the subject in urban contexts, and brings together related reflections and initiatives.

Throughout the different chapters, the handbook critically examines and reviews the resilience concept from various disciplinary and professional perspectives. It also discusses major urban crises, past and recent, and the generic lessons they provide for resilience. In this context, the authors provide case studies from different places and times, including historical material and contemporary examples, and studies that offer concrete guidance on how to approach urban resilience. Other chapters focus on how current understanding of urban systems – such as shrinking cities, green infrastructure, disaster volunteerism, and urban energy systems – are affecting the capacity of urban citizens, settlements and nation-states to respond to different forms and levels of stressors and shocks. The handbook concludes with a synthesis of the state of the art knowledge on resilience and points the way forward in refining the conceptualization and application of urban resilience.

The book is intended for scholars and graduate students in urban studies, environmental and sustainability studies, geography, planning, architecture, urban design, political science and sociology, for whom it will provide an invaluable and up-to-date guide to current approaches across these disciplines that converge in the study of urban resilience. The book also provides important direction to practitioners and civic leaders who are engaged in supporting cities and regions to position themselves for resilience in the face of climate change, unpredictable socioenvironmental shocks and incremental risk accumulation.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Rethinking urban resilience

Michael A. Burayidi, John Twigg, Christine Wamsler, and Adriana Allen

PART 1 Critical review from different disciplinary perspectives

2 Urban resilience and urban sustainability

Christian Kuhlicke, Sigrun Kabisch, and Dieter Rink

3 Against general resilience

Henrik Thorén

4 Urban resilience: a call to reframing planning discourses

Ali Adil and Ivonne Audirac

5 The being of urban resilience

Christine Wamsler, Lynne Reeder, and Mark Crosweller

6 Data gaps and resilience metrics

Cassidy Johnson and Emmanuel Osuteye

7 Urban Open Space Systems: Multifunctional Infrastructure

James A. LaGro, Jr.


PART 2 Urban systems under stress

8 Climate justicescape and implications for urban resilience in American cities

Chingwen Cheng

9 Assessing urban vulnerability to extreme heat-related weather events

Sanglim Yoo

10 Critical infrastructure and urban resilience in the face of climate change

Suwan Shen

11 Policies and practices on urban resilience in China

Quan Yuan

12 Building urban resilience to climate change: The case of Mexico City Megalopolis

Fernando Aragón-Durand

13 Resilience and social equity in urban water services

Åse Johannesse, Christine Wamsler and Sophie Peter

14 Resilient shrinking cities

Maxwell Hartt, Austin Zwick, and Nick Revington

15 Land bank formation: Reorganizing civic capacity for resilience

John West


PART 3 Dimensions of resilience

16 Assessing socio-ecological resilience in cities

Marta Suárez, Erik Gómez-Baggethun and Miren Onaindia

17 Disaster volunteerism as a contributor to resilience

Samantha Montano

18 Green infrastructure and resilience

David Rouse

19 Latino Revitalization as "Blight:" Generative Placemaking and Ethnic Cultural Resiliency in Woodburn, Oregon

Gerardo Sandoval

20 Gendered invisible urban resilience

Hanna A. Ruszczyk

21 Pathways for resilience in four Great Lakes Legacy Cities

Eva Lema and Marcello Graziano

22 Energy dimensions of urban resilience

Antti Silvast

23 Climate resilience, mitigation and adaptation strategy: Case studies from the Middle East and West Africa

Adenrele Awotona

24 Resilience, reconstruction and sustainable development in Chile

Elizabeth Wagemann and Margarita Greene


PART 4 Resilience building in practice

25 Urban risk readdressed: Bridging resilience-seeking practices in African cities

Adriana Allen, Braima Koroma, Mtafu Manda, Emmanuel Osuteye, and Rita Lambert

26 Closing the Urban Infrastructure Gap for Sustainable Urban Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Moving to Scale in Building Urban Resilience

Shuaib Lwasa

27 Municipal resilience in Chile: from willingness to implementation

Claudia González-Muzzio and Claudia Cárdenas Becerra

28 Understanding the fabric of large urban areas to improve disaster planning and recovery

Charles John Kelly

29 The Helping Hand in Increasing Nepal’s Urban Seismic Resilience

Amod Mani Dixit, Ranjan Dhungel, Manish Raj Gouli, Ramesh Guragain, Surya Narayan Shrestha, Suman Pradhan, Surya Bhakta Sangachhe, Sujan Raj Adhikari, Nisha Shrestha, Kapil Bhattarai, Pramod Khatiwada, Bishnu Hadkhale, Ayush Baskota, Rita Thakuri, Hanna Ruszczyk

30 Roof gardens as alternative urban green spaces: A three-part study on their restorative quality in Seoul, South Korea

Narae Lee

31 Increasing urban resilience through Nature-based Solutions: Governance and Implementation

Bernadett Kiss, Kes McCormick, Christine Wamsler

32 Social resilience and capacity building: A case study of a granting agency.

Laura Tate

33 Critical junctures in land use planning for disaster risk management: The case of Manizales, Colombia.

Julia Wesely

34 Urban Resilience: State of the Art and Future Prospects

Adriana Allen, John Twigg, Michael A. Burayidi, and Christine Wamsler


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Michael A. Burayidi is Professor of Urban Planning in the Department of Urban Planning at Ball State University, Indiana, USA.

Adriana Allen is Professor of Development Planning and Urban Sustainability at the Bartlett Development Planning Unit at University College London, UK.

John Twigg is an independent researcher and Honorary Professor at University College London, UK.

Christine Wamsler is Professor of Sustainability Science at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) and former co-director of the Societal Resilience Centre, Sweden.