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Resilience Assessment of Complex Urban Public Spaces

by Hui Xu 1, Yang Li 1 and Lin Wang 2,*
School of Economics and Management, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Chongqing 400065, China
School of Management Science and Real Estate, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(2), 524;
Received: 8 December 2019 / Revised: 27 December 2019 / Accepted: 10 January 2020 / Published: 14 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Demonstrated Community Disaster Resilience)
Risk events frequently occur in “complex urban public spaces” (CUPSs) and cause serious economic losses and casualties. To reduce the risks and enhance the system resilience, this paper formulates a theoretical framework to assess the resilience of CUPSs. Resilience is defined as the ratio of preparedness to vulnerability, according to the implication of the concept. Three-level practical indicator systems were established for these two dimensions, respectively. Furthermore, a hybrid approach combining the Analytic Network Process (ANP) and the Decision-Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory (DEMATEL) was adopted. The Chongqing West Railway Station (the Station (W)) and the Lianglukou Rail Transit Station (the Station (L)) were used for a case study. The results showed that the Chongqing West Railway Station was more resilient to risks than the Lianglukou Rail Transit Station. Therefore, the proposed theoretical framework could be applied in assessing the resilience level of CUPSs. Resilience improvement strategies can be formulated according to the assessment results. Furthermore, the practical indicators could also provide references for urban disaster management. View Full-Text
Keywords: resilience assessment; complex urban public spaces; disaster preparedness; vulnerability resilience assessment; complex urban public spaces; disaster preparedness; vulnerability
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Xu, H.; Li, Y.; Wang, L. Resilience Assessment of Complex Urban Public Spaces. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 524.

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