The futures of agency
Exploring the liminal spaces between action and responsibility
25 October 2023 (Wednesday), 14:00-16:00, imagine3

Regenerating Resilience in the Built Environment: Themes of Capacity Development

In the urbanizing, interconnected world of perma-crisis, resilience studies are constantly gaining ground in urban research. Still, the ubiquitous use of such an ambiguous term creates challenges for understanding the relation between theory and practice. In addition, there is a lack of broader futures perspective on resilience capacity development and its implications for cities and especially for the built environment (BE). Hence, the aim of this research is to build futures-oriented holistic and structured understanding of resilience capacity development in the BE. To achieve this aim, a qualitative futures studies-based approach was utilized for this study. In the paper, with a novel method in urban and resilience research, Futures Wheel, multidisciplinary groups of diverse experts (architecture, real estate economics, social sciences, political sciences, natural sciences, military sciences, rescue and emergency services, etc.) of academia and practice were engaged to identify how resilience is developed throughout society when a crisis emerges by using a list of 128 possible future crisis phenomena. The results synthesize universal resilience capacity development themes representing the means to prevent, prepare, counter, recover, and learn from very different types of crises and their multitudinous impacts in the BE. The results can benefit urban and futures scholars to develop the concept of resilience further, and practitioners such as urban policymakers, planners, architects, and real estate developers and investors when conducting risk assessments, preparedness and resilience strategies, and reforming building codes for known and unknown future threats.

Doctoral Researcher
Aalto University
Assistant professor in Future Real Estate Market Environment
Aalto University