The Influence of Urban Morphology on the Resilience of Cities Following an Earthquake

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Journal Article
Journal of Urban Design, 2013, 18 (2), pp. 242 - 262
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This paper proposes a conceptual theory of resilience in urbanism and demonstrates its application through a case study. The theory's underpinnings are the attributes of resilience that have been developed in ecological sciences, but have clear parallels in urbanism. They suggest that it may be possible to enhance the resilience of a city through the design of its urban morphology. The paper explores these ideas by examining the relationship between the community's adaptive behaviour and the spaces of the city of Concepción after its 2010 earthquake. This empirical evidence suggests that the role of the urban designer in earthquake-prone cities is perhaps more critical before an earthquake happens and that the more the idea of a resilient urban morphology is embedded as part of daily life, the more effective it is likely to be in the aftermath of a major earthquake. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
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