Tough Questions

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RICS Building Surveying Journal, 2018, July-August 2018, pp. 24 - 25 (2)
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Resilience is acomplex concept, with multiple attributes and levels of interpretation. However, we can get a better understanding of it by asking the following five questions. Who determines what is desirable for an urban system or building? Whose resilience is prioritised, and who is included or excluded? What should the system or building be resilient against? What networks or sectors are included in the urban system, and is the focus on generic resilience or resilience to a specific threat? When is the focus on rapid or on slow-onset disturbances; on short-term or long-term resilience; and on the resilience of existing generations or future ones? Where are the boundaries of the urban system? Is the resilience of some areas prioritised over that of others, and does building resilience in some areas affect others? Why is there a need for resilience? Is the focus on the intended outcome, or on the policies and strategies used to achieve this? This article outlines the important questions surveyors need to ask themselves and their clients to ensure buildings are protected
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