Vulnerable Cities: Realities, Innovations and Strategies

  • Tetsuo Kidokoro
  • Junichiro Okata
  • Shuichi Matsumura
  • Norihisa Shima

Part of the cSUR-UT Series: Library for Sustainable Urban Regeneration book series (LSUR, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

  3. Improvement of Urban Vulnerability

  4. Management of Natural Disasters

About this book


All cities are vulnerable. They have economically, socially, institutionally vulnerable urban space.

In developing countries, vulnerable urban space can be observed typically as substandard informal settlements such as slums or areas occupied by squatters. At present, slum dwellers comprise one-third of the world's urban population of 3 billion, and it has been estimated that the number of slum dwellers will double in the next 30 years if no effective action is taken. Improvement of vulnerable urban areas, which is one of the targets of Millennium Development Goals, is thus an urgent worldwide challenge in our age.

This book combines empirical and comparative analysis of improvement of vulnerable urban space and post-disaster rehabilitation in Asian and Latin American countries. The discussions presented herein will serve as a useful, thought-provoking source for researchers, practitioners and students, especially for those who are working to alleviate the vulnerability of urban space.


Building construction Community-based approach Disaster management Urban regeneration Vulnerable Urban space housing conditions innovation

Editors and affiliations

  • Tetsuo Kidokoro
    • 1
  • Junichiro Okata
    • 2
  • Shuichi Matsumura
    • 3
  • Norihisa Shima
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Urban EngineeringThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.General Center Sustainable Urban RegenerationThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Department of ArchitectureThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  4. 4.Department of Civil EngineeringThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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