Urban resilience: planning for risk, crisis and uncertainty

Jon Coaffee, Peter Lee

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As the cities of the world increasingly come under threat from crisis and disaster, planners are searching for ways to build resilience into the foundations of modern urban centres. This important book provides a comprehensive account of the theory and practice of urban resilience in response to a range of disruptions, including terrorism, climate change and economic crises. It examines how the concepts and principles of resilience exert increasing significant influence over the form and function of planning. Discussing a 'politics of resilience' in which fundamental questions of social and spatial justice are posed, this book examines how urban planners are increasingly tasked with the responsibility of safeguarding the future of urbanised centres and those that live in them. Drawing on international examples and detailed case-studies, this book provides a nuanced account of the uses, and misuses, of resilience and points a way forward for planning activity, from an approach that is too often narrowly technical in focus towards an integrated and adaptable model for coping with risk, crisis and uncertainty. It will make essential reading for students of urban planning and researchers alike.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRed Globe Press
Number of pages320
ISBN (Electronic)9781137288844
ISBN (Print)9781137288837, 9781137288820
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2016

Publication series

NamePlanning, Environment, Cities
PublisherRed Globe Press


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