Resilience: How Quickly Can City Systems Bounce Back


AESOP-ACSP is the joint European and American Associations of Planning Schools conference held this year in Dublin at UCD. The theme is resilience in cities and how planning might best respond to it. This is a popular term and is overtaking sustainability with respect to how planning might respond better to crises. This morning (18th July) i gave a keynote on this question alongside Susan Fainstein from Harvard GSD, where I concentrated on how we are measuring, understanding, and pre citing resilience and the extent to which city systems can ‘bounce back’ after various disruptions. My talk stitched together the work we are doing on the big data sets from London transport which look at disruption on various rail systems, on flooding from our Tyndall project n climate change in London, and on our need to understand how Great Britain is fractured across is regional space where we use percolation theory to figure out how the space divides in nations, regions and cities. here is the powerpoint as a PDF