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The Routledge Handbook of Urban Resilience

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    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.

    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



    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.