Title:Resilient Edmonton: why and how?
Author(s):Applegath, Craig|split|Yazer, Jonathan
Subject:Environmental issues – general|split|Environmental issues – climate change|split|Urban issues – general|split|Urban issues – planning, policy
Place of Publication:Edmonton
Date of Publication:2010

This paper introduces the concept of resilience as it applies to cities in general and the City of Edmonton in particular. The first section defines resilience and explains its value as a method of understanding and strengthening social-ecological systems. It also outlines the basic themes and principles of resilience in urban design and planning. The second section assesses Edmonton’s capacity for resilience by performing a T.W.O.S. (Threats, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Strengths) analysis on its critical systems. This section presents a list of eight key opportunities for building Edmonton’s capacity for resilience. It also describes how the city could realize some of these opportunities by continuing to develop its LRT network and by developing a network of Resilience Centres, which integrate opportunities for capacity-building in three critical systems – water, energy, and food – into single, integrated centres. In the final section, we suggest what tools the city might use to prioritize opportunities for capacity-building and provide a set of urban planning principles to assist the City of Edmonton in meeting the twin challenges of climate change and peak oil.

 Material Type:Report

M. ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES/2010 resilient_edmonton.pdf

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