urban disasters, resilient cities

Learning from Urban Disasters: Planning for Resilient Cities

About this issue

Issue number
Volume 32 – Number 4


Editor: Stephen Hamnett
15 Dec 2006
The papers in this issue of Built Environment together contribute to our understanding of how planning can help reduce the vulnerability of settlements, mitigate the effects of those extreme events which will inevitably occur, and increase the ‘resilience’ of cities – their ability to recover from disaster. Resilient cities are cities built 
– and rebuilt – with an awareness of natural and technological hazards and of the risks attached to these. They are also cities which foster their social networks as integral elements of their governance and as essential aids to recovery when this becomes necessary.


  • Introduction – Vulnerable and Resilient Cities
    Stephen Hamnett
  • Rebuilding Communities Following Disaster: Lessons from Kobe and Los Angeles
    Robert B. Olshansky, Laurie a. Johnson and Kenneth C. Topping
  • Experiences of Rural and Urban Communities in Tamil Nadu in the Aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami
    T. Vasantha Kumaran and Elizabeth Negi
  • Housing, Urban Vulnerability and Sustainability in Rapidly-Developing Cities 
    Graham Tipple
  • Urban Planning and Policy Faces Climate Change 
    Rafael E. Pizarro, Edward Blakely and John Dee
  • Analysing and Managing Local Economic Development Risk: A Comparison of Two Australian Regions
    Brian H. Roberts
  • The Rule of Unintended Consequences: Sydney’s Water Supply Strategy
    John. M. Nichols
  • Publication Reviews