Urban Resilience: A Conceptual Breakdown


Chang, Robin (EPK)
Seminar | 2 SWS | 4 LP | englisch

Zeit und Ort Tag von bis Rhytmus Ort Beginn Ende
Donnerstag 10:15h 11:45h wöchentlich GB III/ 517 12.10.2017 01.02.2018

As a relatively young concept in urban planning, urban resilience is a paradigm that is as contentious as it is liberating. This seminar will introduce students to the theoretical foundations resilience and its developmental definitions and characteristics. Practical perspectives on resilience will also be encouraged by introducing students to tools aimed at operationalizing urban resilience from organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation and ICLEI. In addition to learning about the practical implications of resilience, students are expected to rigorously integrate the theoretical and practical sense-making in the real-life case study of Dortmund facilitated by integrating learning with parallel projects.




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Meerow, S., Newell, J.P., and Stults, M., 2016. Defining urban resilience. A review. Landscape and Urban Planning, 147, 38–49.



M.Sc. Spatial Planning (2012): Requirement for passing this course is a proof of sucessful active participation according to §19 MPO. Evaluation of student performance will be based on active participation, oral presentations and a written reflections and essay. The latter does not apply for students requiring a non-graded evaluation.