Urban resilience as a travelling idea

Studenteropgave: Kandidatspeciale og HD afgangsprojekt

  • Jesper Frost Hansen
  • Gonzalo Alfonso Fuentes Dellepiane
4. semester, By-, Energi- og Miljøplanlægning, Kandidat (Kandidatuddannelse)
Nowadays cities are challenged by complex problems related to economic development, social segregation and climate change among others. In this context the concept of 'resilience' has gained weight among urban practitioners, although the concept remains theoretical and ambiguous. However, in 2013 Rockefeller Foundation launched the 100 Resilient Cities network; attempting to translate the intangible and theoretical notions of resilience into an operational tool "to make cities prepared for tomorrow". Vejle in Denmark, as a partner in the global network, was used as a case to understand how resilience have influenced local planning practices. Drawing on Actor Network Theory and its translation model, we found, that resilience, as conceptualised by 100RC, promotes a more holistic and proactive approach to urban planning. The core offering and value for Vejle in 100RC is the inclusion in a widespread global network, where innovations are tested and best-practices shared, and the access and guidance to develop a Resilience Strategy; identify the city's challenges and review its ability to address them. Lastly we found, that while resilience does not have a particular physical expression, its ideas and practices can be recognised in planning instruments, and work as publicity for Vejle, but its still in its early stage.
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