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Department of Spatial Planning
Research project

URBIPROOF - Increasing Resilience of Urban Planning

Project duration: 06/2013 to 05/2015

Cities in Europe and Japan will face various challenges in the future. Some of them being societal (e.g., demographic change) others being hazards and risks. To prepare cities for the future, policies and strategies that are able to enhance their resilience must be established today.

The overall purpose of the URBIPROOF project is to contribute to improving the institutional and societal capacities as well as the concrete urban development strategies and thus making European and Japanese cities more resilient to changes that might endanger their sustainable development. The geographical focus of the project is on urban areas. Consequently, the evaluation of the resilience of urban structures and urban planning strategies is the key component of the project.

Considering the countries' different risk cultures, existing strategies in Japan, Germany and Slovakia will therefore be evaluated. Throughout this process the participating partners will share their knowledge and explore transfer options as well as possibilities for improvement. Based on these findings a new approach for disaster resilient urban planning will be developed and – in cooperation with practitioners – tested in regard to its applicability.

The output of the project will be a handbook on disaster resilient urban planning that combines the previous experiences of all three countries with the newly created knowledge and offers assistance to practitioners. Thus, the handbook will be published in all relevant languages (English, Japanese, German, and Slovakian).


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