Urbanization and Disasters are the two distinct but intertwined trends becoming readily evident in the 21st century. Number of disasters increasing and the world’s growing population concentrating in urban centers make cities across the world increasingly exposed to a wide variety of Risks. Emerging environmental trend Climate Change will increase cities’ vulnerability to natural hazards and introduce uncertainties into estimated Risks.

The aim of this course is to introduce students with Risk concept and components of Disaster Risk. Resilience concept has received increasing attention in the last decade and has taken its place in 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 11: make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable). Resilience within the field of urban planning and design will be studied based on numerous case studies from across the world. The course will examine risk-based approaches and explore ways to make better use of the technologies and tools available to reduce disaster risk and incorporate resilience into the project cycle.