Resilient and Sustainable Habitats and Infrastructure

Habitats e infrastrutture resilienti e sostenibili

What are potential effects on the cities from earthquakes and volcanic eruptions; emissions of pollutants from industrial facilities into their air, water, and soil systems; and radiogenic and toxic emissions of chemicals from illicit landfills and poorly maintained nuclear plant installations located in the proximities of city limits? Can the city structures be designed and built to sustain the maximum potential levels of these hazards? And what are the impediments that prevent the governing authorities to implement such design requirements? Resilient habitats are required for the population to resist the hazards and become severe socio-economic burdens for authorities, whereas the resilient infrastructure is required not only for providing the daily functioning of the city but also during its recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction following a hazardous event. The building of resilient and sustainable habitats and infrastructure elements should be prioritized in terms of their critical levels of population protection and is central in risk assessment and proactive planning. The purpose of this session is to address innovative construction design requirements for habitats and infrastructures and assess their resilience and sustainability when employed in the cities exposed to one or more natural and anthropogenic hazards.