Understanding resilience in the built environment: Going beyond disaster mitigation

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    Shamout, Sameh
    Boarin, Paola
    Mannakkara, Sandeeka
    2020 Conference Papers
    Carbon Reduction in Built Environments
    Conference Papers


Although introducing the resilience concept into the built environment context occurred relatively late compared to other disciplines, it has been rapidly gaining ground in urban-related studies. Understanding resilience is necessary to achieve the 2030 agenda for sustainable development as it explicitly acknowledges resilience through two of the SDGs and a range of the SDGs’ targets. There are many definitions for resilience, but there is no universally accepted one yet. Many scholars define the concept of resilience in the built environment with a particular focus on disaster resilience, such as natural disaster challenges. In contrast, others emphasise stresses that disturb the normal life status in cities. This paper aims to establish a better understanding of how to contextualise resilience in the built environment. It first discusses the evolution of the resilience theory from different levels of analysis. It then identifies common keywords used when defining resilience through word-frequency analysis; it analyses 100 definitions of resilience using the software NVivo 12. A conceptual diagram is then developed using those keywords to establish a broader theoretical approach of resilience in the context of the built environment, which is beyond the traditional disaster mitigation approach.

Keywords: Resilience; built environment; adaptation; urban development.


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