Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Spatial Resilience in Planning: Meanings, Challenges, and Perspectives for Urban Transition

  • Grazia Brunetta
  • Ombretta CaldariceEmail author
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Spatial resilience is the ability of a territorial system to bounce back to desired functions after unexpected shocks and disturbances in order to improve its adaptive capacity intending to evolve all its material and immaterial components toward a new territorial system’s organization.

Within this definition:
  • The territorial system is conceptualized as a complex and artificial environment in which the interaction among its material and immaterial components constitutes the territorial system’s identity.

  • Shocks and disturbances refer both to sudden events and to slow-burn challenges that derive from natural and anthropic dynamics. On the one hand, natural risks are connected to hydrogeological risk (landslides and floods), meteorological risk (urban heat island and storms), geophysical risk (volcanic activity and earthquakes), and climatological risk (droughts and wildfires); on the other hand, anthropic risks become evident in the population growth...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Responsible Risk Resilience Centre - R3C, Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and PlanningPolitecnico di TorinoTurinItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Luciana Brandli
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Passo FundoPasso FundoBrazil