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Urban Resilience in a Global Context

Actors, Narratives, and Temporalities


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Dorothee Brantz(Hg.), Avi Sharma(Hg.), Urban Resilience in a Global Context (2020), transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, ISBN: 9783839450185

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Beschreibung / Abstract

Urban Resilience is seen by many as a tool to mitigate harm in times of extreme social, political, financial, and environmental stress. Despite its widespread usage, however, resilience is used in different ways by policy makers, activists, academics, and practitioners. Some see it as a key to unlocking a more stable and secure urban future in times of extreme global insecurity; for others, it is a neoliberal technology that marginalizes the voices of already marginal peoples. This volume moves beyond praise and critique by focusing on the actors, narratives and temporalities that define urban resilience in a global context. By exploring the past, present, and future of urban resilience, this volume unlocks the potential of this concept to build more sustainable, inclusive, and secure cities in the 21st century.


Dorothee Brantz is a professor of urban environmental history and the director of the Center for Metropolitan Studies at the Technische Universität Berlin. Her research interests include urban environmental history, the history of war and peace, and the different temporalities of the urban.
Avi Sharma is a senior research fellow and assistant professor at the Center for Metropolitan Studies at the Technische Universität Berlin. Sharma is particularly interested in irregular migration, urban and environmental histories. His ongoing work explores urban cases in postwar Germany and post-Partition South Asia.


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  • Cover
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • I) Introduction
  • Contesting Resilience
  • II) Ecologies of Resilience
  • A Historical Perspective on Resilient Urbanism
  • North of the Arctic Circle
  • Growing Resilient Cities
  • Before ‘Resilience’
  • III) Infrastructures of Resilience
  • No Easy Solutions
  • Building Resilience through Commercial Relations
  • Enhancing Urban Resilience After the 1995 Kobe Earthquake
  • Transportation as a Resilience Enhancing Tool
  • IV) Epilogue
  • Urban Resilience Has a History – And a Future
  • Author Bios

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