How Resilience Discourses Shape Cities: The Case of Resilient Rotterdam

  • Anique HommelsEmail author


Current views on urban resilience emphasize the non-linear, complex and unpredictable character of urban systems and pay attention to the normative and political aspects involved in dealing with urban resilience. It has such a flexible meaning that it lends itself easily to reinterpretation and integration in a diversity of academic fields. This chapter analyzes urban resilience thinking in policy documents and scholarly literature in the field of urban planning. It questions the role of technology in these discourses and studies the normative dimensions and tensions involved. A concrete case of a “resilient city” in development will be studied to see to what extent and how resilience discourses materialize in urban planning and design choices. The Dutch city of Rotterdam, a member of the world-wide 100 Resilient Cities initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation, will be studied as an attempt to embed particular meanings and principles of resilience.


Urban resilience Science Technology and Society Studies Innovation Resilient Rotterdam Urban policy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht UniversityMaastrichtThe Netherlands

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