Resilience-Oriented Urban Planning

Ayyoob Sharifi, Yoshiki Yamagata

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The concept of resilience is increasingly used in scientific and political discourses on sustainable urban development and urban disaster risk reduction. It has its roots in disciplines such as physics, psychology and ecology and is a relatively new concept in the field of urban planning. This chapter aims to explore the implications of integrating resilience thinking into urban planning. It introduces the concept of resilience-oriented urban planning and discusses how it is distinct from conventional urban planning. Extending the theory of adaptive cycle, it is argued that urban planning should not be considered as a static process. Urban systems are dynamic entities characterized by non-equilibrium dynamics and constantly go through the four phases of ‘exploitation’, ‘conservation’, ‘release’, and ‘reorganization’. Resilience-oriented planning is needed to address dynamics and complexities of urban systems. This chapter provides discussions on paradigm shifts that are needed to integrate resilience thinking into urban planning. These paradigm shifts are discussed in the context of different planning themes, namely, strategy making and visioning, public participation, equity and empowerment, learning from traditional local knowledge, institutional reforms, social networks, sectoral and spatio-temporal dynamics, land use planning, and urban infrastructure. The chapter concludes with some discussions on how these paradigm shifts contribute to integrating principles that underpin the concept of resilience into urban planning and design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResilience-Oriented Urban Planning - Theoretical and Empirical Insights, 2015
EditorsYoshiki Yamagata, Ayyoob Sharifi
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9783319757971
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventWorkshop on Tools and Indicators for Assessing Urban Resilience, 2015 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2015 Dec 72015 Dec 10

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Energy
ISSN (Print)2195-1284
ISSN (Electronic)2195-1292


ConferenceWorkshop on Tools and Indicators for Assessing Urban Resilience, 2015


  • Adaptive capacity
  • Climate change
  • Conventional urban planning
  • Resilience
  • Resilience-oriented urban planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Energy


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