Special Issue "Resilience to Earthquake Hazard: Assessments and Frameworks"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: architectural technology; safety of buildings; earthquake engineering; sustainability design of quality living space; seismic protection of architectural heritage buildings; risk assessment of built environment
In recent years, a lot of new research interest has been focused on studies of the impacts of Rare Incidents with Strong Consequences for cities and urban systems. The risk assessment studies try to predict the response of urban systems to natural hazards and to evaluate their preparedness to sustain, respond and recover with the aid of different parameters and tools. In order to minimize the impact of natural hazards, the society has to be appropriately organized and prepared in advance in order to restore the required minimal functionality as soon after the event as possible. Such a society is called resilient, and should be assessed interdisciplinarily with the aid of urbanists, architects, engineers and developers from different fields. Experience obtained in recent extreme events (in particular, earthquakes and floods) has revealed that both the level of preparedness and the response of affected cities were insufficiently high, whereas the recovery process was long and expensive. For this reason, improved pre-disaster mitigation actions, as well as smart and strategic urban planning in threatened areas, is essential. It has been noted that the general public is not adequately informed about the possible consequence of a stronger earthquake, which might damage buildings, cut transport lines for medical help and food supply, and cause fires and gas explosions, resulting in long lasting damage which might take up to a decade to overcome. The so called recovery time can, however, be drastically shortened if the relevant studies and risk scenarios are studied before and if the society has taken at least the minimal necessary precaution measures in time.
This Special Issue is gathering the contributions dealing with risk studies of cities and urban systems in the case of earthquake treatment in earthquake prone regions. It tries to collect the existing knowledge and gather new research ideas to develop the tools which enable the quantification of the most needed measures which could deal with realistic risk assessment from architectural, urban, engineering, technical, economic or social points of view. Especially welcomed are papers which try to determine how to best assess the resilience of urban systems, taking into account all of their components, i.e., both the physical components and the social components, as well as the dynamic interactions between them.
Prof. Dr. Vojko Kilar
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- Earthquake hazard assesment
- Urban systems
- Community disaster resilience
- Complex network approach
- Natural disasters
- Open urban space