Resilient Infrastructures

Sustainable urban development increasingly requires operationable solutions for a long-term, stable and thus secure metropolitan system. Of central importance are questions of – technical, social, ecological and economic – infrastructures, including their reciprocal effects. Additionally, the interdependent processes of the metropolitan system are of concern. The academic concept of system resilience provides valuable insights for the design of the metropolis.


  • On the basis of what innovational processes can new technical, economic, social and ecological infrastructures be developed (open innovation, integrated innovation)?
  • Which infrastructural solutions meet the fundamental concepts of resilience design?
  • What concepts provide definite help for the conceptional design and decision-making processes in the areas of development and policy, e.g. in Social-Ecological-Technological Systems (SETS)?
  • Which adaptive infrastructures and interdependent management processes result from the approaches of the experimental city or a ‘precaution approach‘?
  • How do green and blue infrastructures, technical solutions and institutions interlink in a meaningful and synergetic manner?
  • What contributions does the renaturation of green/ecological infrastructures (in the sense of Ecosystem Goods and Services, ESGS) make to integral infrastructural concepts in urban spaces?
  • Which functions can projects such as the Emscher conversion address with regard to these integral urban concepts?

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