In pursuit of resilient urban form typologies: testing a quantitative approach for morphologically based urban resilience

Darren Henry Nel, G Bruyns, Chrispher D. Higgins, Yixuan Peng

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Urban systems which can absorb shocks, manage crises while simultaneously adapting to change can be regarded asbeingresilient. Furthermore, with the adoption of the New Urban Agenda by the UN,resiliencehas now been cemented as a key factor for sustainable urbanism. Yet, even with this theacknowledgement, there has been limited research into the roleof urban formin building resilience. Through ongoing research into spatial resilience, several determinants which enhance the resilience of cities have been identified, namely connectivity, diversity, capital, redundancy and modularity. By using these spatial determinants as a basis, this paper aims to explore which urban typologies are most likely to enhance the spatial resilience of a city. To achieve this aim, we discuss each of the determinants and their related indicators. Next, using Manhattan, New York City,as a case study, we assess the performance of the city against the indicators. We then perform aGaussian finite mixed model cluster analysis on these indictors and identify thirteenurban typologies. From there, we explore each of the typologies in terms of their general morphological propertiesand find that the grain of plots and blocks likely hasavitalroleto play inbuilding spatial adaptive capacity
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISUF 2020 Virtual Conference Proceedings
EditorsBrenda Case Schee, Wendy Wendy McClure
PublisherUniversity of Utah College of Architecture + Planning, University of Utah Salt Lake City
VolumeVolume 1 Part 4
Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2021
EventISUF 2020 Virtual Conference Proceedings - University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning, Salt Lake City, United States
Duration: 1 Sept 20204 Sept 2020


ConferenceISUF 2020 Virtual Conference Proceedings
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City
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  • urban resilience
  • spatial resilience
  • access
  • urban grain


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