Holistic Urban Resilience (HARMONISE)

Description and Timescale: The HARMONISE project (A Holistic Approach to Resilience and SysteMatic ActiOns to Make Large Scale UrbaN Built Infrastructure SEcure)- a Framework 7 security grant from the European Union – is due to begin in early 2013 and run through to the end of 2016.

Project summary: For the first time, more than 50% of the world’s population live in urban areas. By 2050, c. 70% of people are likely to be city dwellers, compared with less than 30% in 1950. This trend brings with it increased security and safety threats in urban areas, not least to urban built infrastructure. The central aim of HARMONISE is to develop a comprehensive, multi‐faceted, yet mutually‐reinforcing concept for the enhanced security, resilience and sustainability of large scale urban built infrastructure and development. Large scale urban built infrastructure is a critical node within the intertwined networks of urban areas, which include not only physical components, but also integrated hardware and software aspects. To date, a comprehensive and holistic approach to improve the resilience and security of large scale urban development’s (i.e. shopping centres/areas, sports venues or business centres with underground transportation nodes) against attacks and disruptions, has not been developed thoroughly.

The HARMONISE project recognises the necessity to improve the design of urban areas and increase their security against, and resilience, to new threats. Specifically, HARMONISE seeks to deliver (a) a holistic HARMONISE Interactive Semantic Intelligence Platform; (b) a suite of innovative tools (toolkit hosted within the HARMONISE platform); (c) greater understanding and awareness of urban security and resilience visavis dissemination activities; and, (d) commercialisation opportunities among emerging new markets in this field. HARMONISE will result in significant resilience enhancement methods for large scale urban built infrastructure.

Lead partners: Downey Hynes Limited (Ireland); University of Warwick (UK); VTT  (Finland); University of Ulster (UK); SELEX Elsag (Italy); Tecnalia T (Sprain); University of Wuppertal (Denmark); LONIX (Finland); BDP (UK); LeighFisher (UK);  Bilbao Council (Spain); Comune di Genova (Italy).

Supporting partners include: The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI); West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit; European Council of Spatial Planners (ECTP); Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS); Finish Funding Agency for Technology & Innovation (TEKES); Tampere Central Arena Ltd; Dublin City Council; Department of Environment, Community & Local Government (Ireland); London Borough of Southwark; Genoa City Council; Spanish Technology Platform on Industrial Safety (PESI).

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