Drie june 2011
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DRIE Central Luncheon, June 2011...
DRIE Central Luncheon, June 2011
Presenter: Michael Dudley, Research Associate, Institute of Urban Studies, University of Winnipeg
How many recent natural disasters that have befallen
metropolitan areas in the past several years (forest fires, floods and earthquakes) aren't so much "natural" but are instead the result of (or
exacerbated by) poor planning decisions in the past, such as building on flood plains and other vulnerable locations, but that our "psychology of
previous investment" prevents us from altering our building patterns? As well, our rigid, centralized "big pipes" approach to city building,
infrastructure and commodities makes our cities vulnerable to shocks and
system breakdowns, such as those associated with energy prices and availability. The presentation will argue for the incorporation of resilience principles in urban planning, which in many ways will mean a return to historical practices and forms.
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