Accelerating urbanization worldwide means more urban-centered disasters. Floods, earthquakes, storms and conflicts affecting densely populated areas produce significant losses in lives, livelihoods and the built environment, especially in comparison to rural areas. Poor urban dwellers, almost always the most vulnerable, too often bear the brunt. Aid agencies and urban professionals have been slowly adapting to these new conditions, but older models and practices hinder the most effective engagements.
Drawing directly from the experiences of urban disasters in the Philippines, Chile, India, Thailand, Iraq, Haiti and Nepal, among other countries, Urban Disaster Resilience brings to light new collaborations and techniques for addressing the challenges of urban disasters in the coming years. Chapters range from country-specific case studies to more synthetic frameworks in order to promote innovative thinking and practical solutions.
Edited by David Sanderson, Jerold S. Kayden and Julia Leis, this book is a crucial read for humanitarian and disaster specialists, urban planners and designers, architects, landscape architects, housing and economic development professionals, real estate developers, private business managers and students interested in the subject, whether based in non-governmental organizations, local, state or national governments, international agencies, private firms, or the academy.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 794 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 mm
"Urban Disaster Resilience could not have been more timely. Following global processes in 2015, including the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals, and the World Humanitarian Summit and Habitat III in 2016, this book has successfully captured a broad understanding of what needs to happen for resilience to be achieved. It will be an important introduction and reference to the subject and should be recommended reading for students of architecture, development and humanitarian studies, as well as policy makers and practitioners alike." Jemilah Mahmood, Under Secretary General, IFRC (Partnerships)
"This is a unique and timely volume of innovations and insights into the theory and practice of building urban resilience. Drawing on international experience, and illustrated throughout with case examples, its authors argue the value of informality and of engaging civil society when planning for the challenges of humanitarian crisis. An excellent resource book for teaching, for research and for practice." Nabeel Hamdi, Emeritus Professor, Oxford Brookes University
"Urban Disaster Resilience is a must read for those trying to catalyze resilience building in humanitarian and development assistance. It warns that humanitarian assistance is not only failing to meet the needs of an increasingly urban planet, but that its lack of a sense of space and place makes it ill equipped to do so without dramatic change." Nancy Kete, Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation