Operationalizing Urban Resilience—Learning from the Past while Preparing for the Future. The Case of Dresden, Germany



Alongside inclusive prosperity and social inclusion, urban resilience is one of the key transformative commitments for promoting and ensuring environmental sustainability in the Quito Implementation Plan. Urban resilience emphasizes the importance of learning and being proactive, in creating responses that prepare cities and communities for unexpected events. However, there still exists a considerable gap between ideas of resilience and their implementation, especially regarding how resilience can be measured and how it can be rendered observable. The article discusses how the notion of resilience can be applied to cities in order to identify principles for the replication or scaling up of urban reaction and/or adaptation responses. During the course of the 20th century the city of Dresden was frequently affected by dramatic events (wartime bombing and firestorms, political upheaval and flooding) and thus seems a suitable laboratory to understand the methodological difficulties in identifying sources of urban resilience. Findings may have repercussions for the Quito Implementation Plan in helping to operationalize the concept of resilience.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chair for Spatial DevelopmentTechnische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany

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