Resilience as a Socio Technical Process

  • Charlotte Mazel-Cabasse


Finally, the last chapter explores the slow emergence of socio-technical infrastructures designed to improve earthquake risk resilience in the San Francisco Bay Area. Focusing on the modus operandi that connects together different key elements and stakeholders involved in earthquake risk mitigation, it proposes a pragmatic exploration on the nature of resilience. We will explore some important factors such as of the role of amateur observations and lessons learned from other disasters, the impacts of building codes and progress in structural engineering, and finally the importance of the personal commitment of the risk mitigation experts. Following a historical perspective and building on some important moments of the earthquake risk prevention in the Bay Area of San Francisco, the chapter argues that resilience emerges from the collective development of a particular form of attention to the risk. In this context, it is the expert’s experiences of living with the earthquake—of waiting for it, fearing it, remembering it, and getting ready for the next one—that gives sense to these sets of actions, defining the contours of a collective space of risk and allowing for resilient sociotechnical infrastructure to emerge, or if forgotten, to collapse.


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  • Charlotte Mazel-Cabasse
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  1. 1.Data ScienceBerkeley Institute for Data ScienceBerkeleyUSA

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