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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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Advanced surveillance…good or bad for urban resilience?

Can the use of advanced video surveillance in the city enhance or detract from urban resilience?  In the last twenty years a vast literature – both academic and policy focused – has developed around the concept of ‘militarising’ or ‘securitising’ … Continue reading

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To prepare or not to prepare…

Enhanced preparedness for disruptive challenges is at the heart of attempts to improve urban resilience. In recent years municipal and national governments have sort to increase the sophistication of contingency planning undertaken by an array of stakeholders, intended to decrease … Continue reading

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Urban Resilience and ‘the event’

What can the disruptive protest at this weekend’s University boat race tell us about resilience planning in London ahead of the 2012 Games? On Saturday 7th April a lone protester, Trenton Oldfield, disrupted the annual Oxford versus Cambridge boat race … Continue reading

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Urban Resilience and Fuel Shortages

What do fuel shortages have to do with urban resilience? Besides the longer-term implications of possible energy shortages, short-term shocks in fuel supplies have profound implications for everyday life and they way they are managed is critical. In 2000 nationwide … Continue reading

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