Category: 2022

Hanging over disasters

There is no disaster without the interpretation from which it originates. From archaic societies with disasters considered as “acts of God” to Rousseau’s letter raising the principle of a human responsibility in the 1755 Lisbon’s earthquake, disasters question the connection between nature, society, and humans. Current scientific literature provides abundant publications on how vulnerabilities transform […]

Tipping points

A tipping point refers to a small change making a huge difference in the way our society is organized, causing a major shift to our daily lives. Mostly used to address environmental related issues, tipping points should be seen as having the potential of critical social changes as well, impacting governance, solidarity, or sense of […]

Hanging by a thread

Confronting the certainty of uncertain times, urban spaces constantly change, challenging conventional paradigms, leading to re-assess our relations with our environment. Facing an ever-growing social complexity, empirical evidence shows that vulnerabilities are framed within a political system promoting adaptation to disasters generated by the system itself, and by doing so, distorting the value of urban […]