Mana­ging Shocks to Cities & Regi­ons

Freie Wahl
Dozent: Gast­pro­fes­sor Arun Jain
Modul: Freie Wahl M12
Umfang: 2 SWS / 3 ECTS
Ver­an­stal­tungs­typ: SE
1. Ter­min: Mi. 21.10.2015
mitt­wochs 15.00 – 17.00h
Raum: B 224

There are many ways to define urban resi­li­ency. For the pur­po­ses of this semi­nar class, we use it as the basis for the stra­te­gies cities may deploy to respond and reco­ver from shocks to their sys­tems and net­works, ther­eby pro­vi­ding some degree of immu­nity and the abi­lity to cope.
Alt­hough rural to urban migra­tion is as old as cities them­sel­ves, perio­dic shocks such as war, famine, extreme eco­no­mic dis­tress, and cli­mate shifts stress even the best mana­ged urban sett­le­ments and regi­ons. Cur­r­ently we see mass migra­ti­ons from war zones in the Middle East. In a rapidly chan­ging world due in part to a cas­ca­ding mix of envi­ron­men­tal and human con­di­ti­ons, it is rea­son­able to assume mass migra­ti­ons and rela­ted dis­lo­ca­ti­ons are likely to increase in fre­quency and magnitude.
How should cities, regi­ons, and their socie­ties cope with the sud­den rush of people? What is urban resi­li­ency in the face of sud­den and dra­ma­tic change? How should or could cities (re)structure them­sel­ves to accom­mo­date unex­pec­ted pres­su­res? How can tech­no­logy help in the crea­tion of sup­por­tive infra­st­ruc­ture? Are there ways to rea­lign cur­rent social sys­tems, eco­no­mies, and the pro­duc­tive pat­terns of cities to accom­mo­date such pres­su­res? Finally, are there urban form and spa­tial approa­ches that would help?
This semi­nar class will be a sha­red dis­co­very into the above con­cerns. Stu­dents will do exten­sive rea­ding, par­ti­ci­pate in active class dis­cus­sions, and pre­sent the results of their per­so­nal inqui­ries in an inter­ac­tive for­mat.