1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Resilience

    534 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    562 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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  PART I: Critical review from different disciplinary perspectives  2. Urban resilience and urban sustainability  3. Against general resilience  4. Urban resilience: a call to reframing planning discourses  5. The being of urban resilience  6. Data gaps and resilience metrics  7. Urban Open Space Systems: Multifunctional Infrastructure  PART II: Urban systems under stress  8. Climate justicescape and implications for urban resilience in American cities  9. Assessing urban vulnerability to extreme heat-related weather events  10. Critical infrastructure and urban resilience in the face of climate change  11. Policies and practices on urban resilience in China  12. Building urban resilience to climate change: The case of Mexico City Megalopolis  13. Resilience and social equity in urban water services  14. Resilient shrinking cities  15. Land bank formation: Reorganizing civic capacity for resilience  PART III: Dimensions of resilience  16 Assessing socio-ecological resilience in cities  17. Disaster volunteerism as a contributor to resilience  18. Green infrastructure and resilience  19. Latino Revitalization as "Blight:" Generative Placemaking and Ethnic Cultural Resiliency in Woodburn, Oregon  20. Gendered invisible urban resilience  21. Pathways for resilience in four Great Lakes Legacy Cities  22. Energy dimensions of urban resilience  23. Climate resilience, mitigation and adaptation strategy: Case studies from the Middle East and West Africa  24. Resilience, reconstruction and sustainable development in Chile  PART IV: Resilience building in practice  25. Urban risk readdressed: Bridging resilience-seeking practices in African cities  26. Closing the Urban Infrastructure Gap for Sustainable Urban Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Moving to Scale in Building Urban Resilience  27. Municipal resilience in Chile: from willingness to implementation  28. Understanding the fabric of large urban areas to improve disaster planning and recovery  29. The Helping Hand in Increasing Nepal’s Urban Seismic Resilience  30. Roof gardens as alternative urban green spaces: A three-part study on their restorative quality in Seoul, South Korea  31. Increasing urban resilience through Nature-based Solutions: Governance and Implementation  32. Social resilience and capacity building: A case study of a granting agency  33. Critical junctures in land use planning for disaster risk management: The case of Manizales, Colombia.  34. Urban Resilience: State of the Art and Future Prospects


    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.