Urban Sustainability and Urban Resiliance

Week 7 Lecture by Professor James Weirick

Case Study: Canberra, Australia

“Resilience determines the persistence of relationships within a system and is a measure of the ability of these systems to absorb changes of state variables, driving variables, and parameters, and still persist”

-Holling (1973)

The concept of urban resiliance is linked to a cities ability to adapt, and urban transformation is linked to sustainability. Resiliance is therefore the capacity ton undertake change to maintain standards.

Resilience moves to look at the “society, ecology and economy” circles as no longer overlapping in circles, but rather as concentric circles with the economy on the inside, then society followed by ecology as an idea that encircles all others.

Consider urban resiliance in third world and developing countries as well, and how to include the capacity for resliance where money and social considerations are a huge barrier.

Further Reading

Australia: State of the Environment Report 1996 [http://webarchive.nla.gov.au/gov/20130904221434/http://www.environment.gov.au/soe/1996/publications/report/index.html]


Holling, C.S. 1973, “Resilience and Stability of Ecological Systems”, Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics Vol. 4, p17

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