Designing, planning, and managing resilient cities: A conceptual framework

Kevin C. Desouza, Trevor H. Flanery

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    To what must cities be resilient? How can cities, as complex systems, be resilient? Building a capacity for resilience might be a daunting task when one considers the multitude of components, processes, and interactions that take place within and beyond a city's physical, logical (i.e. legal), and virtual (cyberspace) boundaries. Planning for resilience to the impacts of stressors within cities requires an evaluation of the vulnerable components of cities, an understanding of the key processes, procedures, and interactions that organize these components and develop the capacity to address various structuring of components and their interactions with the ultimate goal of achieving resilience. This paper provides a deeper look at resilience in cities, proposes a conceptual resilience framework, and includes a discussion and analysis of the framework. The proposed framework is meant to serve as a more holistic approach to designing, planning, and managing for resilience by including an evaluation of cultural and process dynamics within cities as well as their physical elements.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)89-99
    Number of pages11
    StatePublished - Dec 2013


    • Cities
    • Decline
    • Disaster
    • Disruption
    • Resilience
    • Stressors
    • Technology
    • Urban networks
    • Urban planning

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Development
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Urban Studies
    • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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