Urban Planning

In the building of resilient and sustainable city communities it is crucial to link the hazard mitigation efforts, socio-economic and business structures, and urban planning, but this linkage is difficult to achieve in practice. Urban plans should be built on sound feasibility studies that require collaborations of different interests with conflicting views of future city requirements and priorities for allocating resources for sustainable urban development. The increasing urban population and changes in socio-economic structures from globalization and other externalities complicate the urban planning efforts and often lead to inactions that produce chaotic and unsafe cities. The purpose of this session is to collect those urban planning studies that integrate a multitude of conflicting factors into effective collaborations for the purpose of transforming the existing cities and/or building new ones that are resilient and sustainable and located in hazardous environments.