Green infrastructure and resilience

Authored by: David Rouse

The Routledge Handbook of Urban Resilience

Print publication date:  December  2019
Online publication date:  November  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138583597
eBook ISBN: 9780429506666
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Green infrastructure has become a mainstream part of urban planning and design practice in the United States since the term was first introduced in the 1990s. More recently it has received prominence as an approach to building community resilience to coastal storms, inland flooding, and other types of natural disasters. This chapter defines the terms “green infrastructure” and “resilience” as they are used by practitioners; explores the connections between the two concepts as they relate to different types of hazards; and concludes with a proposed planning framework that addresses the question: how can green infrastructure build community resilience and reduce risks from natural hazards?

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