Planning for Disasters, Recovery + Resilience

Urban Planning

Fall 2012

Ethel Sheffer, instructor

This course focused on the physical, social, economic and policy aspects of natural and human- made disasters. Particular attention was given to basic issues of land use and development, institutional policies and response, and the political economy of disasters. We examined the causes and consequences of disasters and analyze the factors affecting recovery and resilience. The course concentrated on planning in the United States, in the context of the increased urgency presented by climate change and fragmented government and private sector responses. Case studies were drawn from around the U.S, together with selected comparisons from other countries. We examined a variety of issues and tools, including disaster prevention and recovery programs, disaster planning as part of the redevelopment process, risk and vulnerability assessment, hazard mitigation, urban design and preservation and community and local participation.