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Making the business case for urban resilience

2013 saw the publication of the third edition of the UNISDR’s Global Assessment Report (GAR) on disaster risk reduction, ‘From Shared Risk to Shared Value: the Business Case for Disaster Risk Reduction’. Once again this has highlighted the importance of … Continue reading

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What do we measure in assessing urban resilience?

‘Resilience is a wonderful metaphor. It somehow conveys in a single word the qualities of bending without breaking, of healing after an injury, of tensile rather than brittle strength. Oak and palm trees are resilient to the power of strong … Continue reading

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Security cannot be guaranteed but resilient responses can…

The detonation of two improvised explosive devices in Boston at the end of its marathon course serve to illustrate both the limits of security at sporting events where large number of spectators gather in an unrestricted manner, as well as … Continue reading

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Legacies of resilience and security in London

Since Munich 1972, and particularly since 9/11, Olympic security has grown in scale and complexity as security and resilience professionals attempt to deliver the Games with maximum safety and minimum disruption to their schedule and spectacle. As London has geared … Continue reading

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World Risk Day and organisational resilience

June 26th 2012 was the inaugural World Risk Day. Its aim is to both encourage businesses to think about risk in smarter ways, embedding this thinking within their organisations and to ‘provide a global forum for business leaders to share … Continue reading

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Urban resilience and climate change adaptation

How can cities prepare for the inevitable adaption required as a result of climate change? It is increasingly apparent that in responding to the risks associated with climate change urban resilience requires joined up solutions amongst a range of stakeholders. … Continue reading

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Is resilience thinking useful in urban affairs?

The increasingly accepted use of the term resilience illustrates is importance, but is its overuse in danger of undermining its meaning and value? In the last few years resilience has become a ‘catch all’ phrase used to express a wide … Continue reading

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The growth of urban resilience thinking

If we look at recent gatherings in Europe it would appear that than operating at the periphery of thinking amongst planners and other built environment professionals, urban resilience is being mainstreamed in public policy. Last week (12-1 May) over 400 … Continue reading

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Lockdown security and temporary urban resilience

In recent years the risk of terrorism has seen sporting spectacles merging with dystopian images of cities under siege as resilience and security professionals attempt to deliver, for example, an Olympics or a football World Cup in maximum safety and … Continue reading

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Pre-emptive planning

Planning has always been about visioning the future but how should it seek to embed principles of urban resilience? It has long been argued that urban resilience requires a proactive planning process. Notwithstanding the fact that the majority of built-in … Continue reading

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