Multi-scale, integrated strategies for urban flood resilience

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Purpose: To determine and consolidate the multi-scale components that informs anticipatory action for resilience; propose a conceptual framework for the collaborative and holistic design, delivery and management of resilience at both the macro and micro scale; test the efficacy of the framework to deliver sustainable (sustained) resilience.
Methodology/approach: A conceptual framework was proposed by consolidating what was learned from literature review. Case studies were then used to explore the efficacy of the framework to deliver resilience. The applicability of the specific measures were also examined to determine the extent by which they support anticipatory action, and resilience capacity.
Findings: It was found that a combination of active, latent, evolving and to some extent improvised yet integrated solutions can support anticipatory flood resilience at the micro, meso and macro scale, as well as the physical and social domains.
Practical implications: Socio-physical resilience is improved when policy makers, designers, planners and engineers work together to deliver anticipatory solutions prior to a natural disaster. Further, findings confirms that resilience can be achieved in both new and existing urban contexts.
Social implications: The multi-scale, integrated strategies can inform anticipatory practices which in turn may reduce social vulnerability during and after natural events such as flooding.
Originality/value: This work lays the foundation for further theoretical and practical work on socio-spatial resilience and provides the learning-based structure within which policy makers, planners and architects can administered interventions for the practical delivery of planning-scale and building-level resilience.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-520
JournalInternational Journal of Disaster Resilience in the Built Environment
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 13 Nov 2017


  • Architecture
  • Planning
  • Flood risk
  • Integrated Design
  • Resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture


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