This volume provides a comprehensive discussion and overview of urban resilience, including socio-ecological and economic hazard and disaster resilience. It provides a summary of state of the art thinking on resilience, the different approaches, tools and methodologies for understanding the subject in urban contexts, and brings together related reflections and initiatives.

Throughout the different chapters, the handbook critically examines and reviews the resilience concept from various disciplinary and professional perspectives. It also discusses major urban crises, past and recent, and the generic lessons they provide for resilience. In this context, the authors provide case studies from different places and times, including historical material and contemporary examples, and studies that offer concrete guidance on how to approach urban resilience. Other chapters focus on how current understanding of urban systems – such as shrinking cities, green infrastructure, disaster volunteerism, and urban energy systems – are affecting the capacity of urban citizens, settlements and nation-states to respond to different forms and levels of stressors and shocks. The handbook concludes with a synthesis of the state of the art knowledge on resilience and points the way forward in refining the conceptualization and application of urban resilience.

The book is intended for scholars and graduate students in urban studies, environmental and sustainability studies, geography, planning, architecture, urban design, political science and sociology, for whom it will provide an invaluable and up-to-date guide to current approaches across these disciplines that converge in the study of urban resilience. The book also provides important direction to practitioners and civic leaders who are engaged in supporting cities and regions to position themselves for resilience in the face of climate change, unpredictable socioenvironmental shocks and incremental risk accumulation.

chapter 1|14 pages


Rethinking Urban Resilience

part I|2 pages

Critical review from different disciplinary perspectives

chapter 3|9 pages

Against general resilience

chapter 4|12 pages

Urban resilience

A call to reframing planning discourses

chapter 7|12 pages

Urban open space systems

Multifunctional infrastructure

part II|2 pages

Urban systems under stress

chapter 12|15 pages

Building urban resilience to climate change

The case of Mexico City Megalopolis

chapter 15|11 pages

Land bank formation

Reorganizing civic capacity for resilience

part III|2 pages

Dimensions of resilience

chapter 18|14 pages

Green infrastructure and resilience

chapter 19|17 pages

Latino revitalization as “blight”

Generative placemaking and ethnic cultural resiliency in Woodburn, Oregon

chapter 23|10 pages

Climate resilience, mitigation, and adaptation strategy

Case studies from the Middle East and West Africa

part IV|2 pages

Resilience building in practice

chapter 25|18 pages

Urban risk readdressed

Bridging resilience-seeking practices in African cities

chapter 26|15 pages

Closing the urban infrastructure gap for sustainable urban development in Sub Saharan Africa

Moving to scale in building urban resilience

chapter 27|18 pages

Municipal resilience in Chile

From willingness to implementation

chapter 30|19 pages

Roof gardens as alternative urban green spaces

A three-part study on their restorative quality in Seoul, South Korea

chapter 31|15 pages

Resilience through nature-based solutions

Governance and implementation

chapter 32|13 pages

Social resilience and capacity building

A case study of a granting agency

chapter 33|18 pages

Critical junctures in land use planning for disaster risk management

The case of Manizales, Colombia

chapter 34|12 pages

Urban resilience

State of the art and future prospects