Urban dwellers’ view on hazards and disasters; and, the COVID-19 pandemic: implications for resilient urban housing in the post-pandemic period

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    Rosel, Minerva
    Malaque III, Isidoro
    2022 Conference Papers
    Conference Papers


This paper aims to assess the housing needs and conditions of the city population, particularly in the central business district (CBD), as a pre-requisite for design intervention towards urban resiliency and enhanced quality of life. In the southern part of the Philippines, a comprehensive study was conducted in Davao City on urban dwellers’ view towards hazards and disasters, through a survey covering more than 1,000 respondents from the CBD’s daytime population, that was carried out in the latter half of 2019 prior to the community quarantine restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic. Study shows that most city dwellers belong to the working population who prefer co-living arrangements, whether transient or permanent. This implies a need for new design parameters in urban housing design, as an alternative to conventional configurations. Furthermore, learning from the current pandemic, utmost consideration for health protocols in shared spaces must also be considered. With the onset of the pandemic, the real estate industry saw a shift in market preferences, particularly in high-density housing. Considering other urban hazards and disasters concerning the city dwellers as identified in the comprehensive study, new design insights and parameters are hoped for resilient infrastructure and housing developments in the post-
pandemic period.

Keywords: Mindanao urbanization; mass housing; urban resilience; resilient cities.


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