Resilience building after extreme events:

Lessons Learned and new strategies for cities in dealing with ubiquitous extreme events

Schäden durch das Starkregenereignis am 29. Mai 2016
Schäden durch das Starkregenereignis am 29. Mai 2016

[Photo: Stadt Schwäbisch Gmünd]
Vernetzung von Wissenschafts- und Praxispartnern in Olfen
Vernetzung von Wissenschafts- und Praxispartnern in Olfen
v.l.n.r.: Prof. Jörn Birkmann (IREUS), Prof. Stefan Greiving (IRPUD), Beate Glöckner (P+P), Britta Weißer (IREUS), Julius Mihm (Schw. Gmünd), Isabel Post (Olfen), Holger Pietschmann (P+P), Christopher Schmalenbeck (Olfen), Jupp Jünger (Schw. Gmünd), Dennis Becker (IRPUD), Felix Othmer (IRPUD), Henning Rohwedder (P+P) und Wilhelm Sendermann (Olfen)
[Photo: Stadt Olfen]
Ortsbegehung in Schwäbisch Gmünd am 7. September 2017
Ortsbegehung in Schwäbisch Gmünd am 7. September 2017

[Photo: IRPUD]
Überflutung in Olfen
Überflutung in Olfen

[Photo: Privat]

What is it about?

The RESI-extreme project addresses a problem that has not been adequately illustrated in the current research and practice of urban development. The main question of the RESI-extreme project is how, despite the apparent unpredictability of spatially ubiquitous occurring extreme events (e.g. heavy rainfalls), spatial planning and urban development can nevertheless promote prevention and protection concepts for climate-resilient development. In contrast to researches which primarily focus on a better characterization of extreme events, the project RESI-extreme aims at the systematization of lessons learned from past extreme events, which particularly hit cities of small and medium size. The integrated urban development is regarded as a central field of action for climate-resilient cities. The project aims to systematize lessons learned from past extreme events. Integrated urban development planning is seen as key field of action for improving socio-political framework conditions for strengthening the resilience of cities. At present urban development concepts (city level) as well as integrated urban design concepts (city quarter level) address adaptation to extreme events only to a minor extent. By means of living labs in the pilot cities Olfen and Schwäbisch Gmünd, new concepts and recommendations for resilience will be developed, tested and finally implemented. Within these living labs, development of an evaluation concept takes place. Moreover, they foster a continuous mutual learning process. In this context, the enhancement of existing assessment methods is an important goal of the project.

Project management agency

German Aerospace Centre (DLR)

Project period

2017-2020

Funding authority

Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

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