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Sustainability 2017, 9(1), 103; doi:10.3390/su9010103

Urban Resilience: A Civil Engineering Perspective

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Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, 80125 Naples, Italy
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Department of Civil Engineering, Pegaso University, 80125 Naples, Italy
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Received: 15 July 2016 / Revised: 16 December 2016 / Accepted: 5 January 2017 / Published: 12 January 2017
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Abstract

The concept of resilience is used in multiple scientific contexts, being understood according to several different perspectives. Essentially, resilience identifies the capability to recover, absorb shocks, and restore equilibrium after a perturbation. Recently, resilience is triggering increasing interest in engineering contexts, referring to communities and urban networked systems, as the capability to recover from natural disasters. The approach to the engineering resilience dates back to the early 1980s, when Timmerman defined resilience as “the ability of human communities to withstand external shocks or perturbations to their infrastructure and to recover from such perturbations”. In this paper, a literature review of the existing methodologies to quantify urban resilience is presented according to a civil engineering perspective. Different approaches, for diverse applications, are examined and discussed. A particular focus is done on the studies from Cavallaro et al. and Bozza et al., approaching disaster resilience of urban environments to natural hazards according to the complex networks theory. View Full-Text
Keywords: resilience; natural disasters; networked infrastructures; civil engineering resilience; natural disasters; networked infrastructures; civil engineering
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Bozza, A.; Asprone, D.; Fabbrocino, F. Urban Resilience: A Civil Engineering Perspective. Sustainability 2017, 9, 103.

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