Category: Sociological Dimension

From government to governance: a dilemma for urban resilience

The way a resilient space may reach its state of balance is thoroughly described in the literature. Whether referring to the very first assumptions of Holling in 1973 (1) of“engineering” and “ecological” resilience or to the idea that complex systems are constantly changing, thereby having no requirement for a stable equilibrium, the key words are […]

Should Urban Resilience reject Finance?

In a sense, the ever growing number of urban resilience definitions is symptomatic of a conceptual drift that goes beyond expert sensitivities. Established centralized institutions are (too) often opposed to local initiatives on the ground of their supposed incompetence in appraising the human dimension of urban resilience. The historical background can be understood. The western […]

Vulnerable or resilient ?

Using images to underline the problematics linking people, their daily lives, their culture, their expectations and their urban environment, is a huge temptation to move from urban resilience to pure sociological and philosophical concerns. The task is not easy. The border between the three fields is volatile. The alterity of Levinas is never far nor […]

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