Planning for resilience

TRACK 6: Changing environment and risks

congress team:  Olusola Olufemi, Canada & Markus Appenzeller, The Netherlands

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      TOPICS

Climate change and sinking cities.

Vulnerability to disasters and how that can be mitigated.

Waste, urban footprint.

Re-naturing, biodiversity, and urban metabolism.

Building, evolving, securing quality of life.

Triggering leverage – planning for more than a single purpose.


Continuing the conversation from last Congress in Bodø and the need to urgently address disaster prevention and adaptation to the consequences of climate change: Jakarta and other megacities are showing dangerous vulnerabilities to extreme pollution, sea level rise, salt-water intrusion and water shortages. This is, however, matched by steadily decreasing poverty that runs in parallel to the increasing urbanisation. If cities with their consumerist nature are part of the solution to poverty, what models can they use to minimize their impact on the environment and become leaders in the fight to respond to climate change? What is already being done and what are the outcomes?

Food, water, transport and energy systems need resilience to climate change to avert catastrophic events and to cope with a further increase of global and urban populations. Pollution and waste demand the urgent understanding of urban metabolism to achieve better social justice and to safeguard the balance of the planet. What are cities doing to transition their urban economies to achieve improved well-being and environmental justice and to transform dependence on non-renewable materials to resource-efficient and renewable flows and better management of ecosystems? What role should planning/planners play in developing resilient plans, designs, buildings and infrastructures?