Tuesday 6
Landscapes of Resilience- understanding how the creation and care of green spaces can affect resilience in times of crisis
Keith Tidball, Erika Svendsen, Traci Sooter
› 15:40 - 16:40 (1h)
› JOFFRE 1-6
Landscapes of Resilience- understanding how the creation and care of green spaces can affect resilience in times of crisis
Keith Tidball  1@  , Erika Svendsen  2@  , Traci Sooter  3@  
1 : Dept. of Natural Resources, Cornell University
91709 – Cornell University – Ithaca, New York 14853 US -  États-Unis
2 : US Forest Service, Northern Research Station, USA
3 : Hammons School of Architecture, Drury University

In this session, panelists address development challenges encountered as a result of external shocks and disturbances, and as such, present green spaces as vital forms of social-ecological infrastructure, critical to the health and well-being of communities. Panelists will explore the hypothesis that green spaces play a unique and vital role in the aftermath of natural disasters and other disturbances that are of great concern to both development scholars and practitioners. Research and experience suggest that green spaces serve as catalyzing mechanisms within systems that confer resilience across individual, family, community, and social-ecological scales and over time—including immediately post-disturbance, during stages of recovery, and over long term processes of neighborhood and community change.


We will present real-world cases that suggest that the benefits of these catalytic spaces come from the physical design, the way in which site users interact with green space, and the processes involved in site creation and maintenance – acts of civic engagement, active stewardship, and collective remembering. We will share how the production and presence of green spaces contributes to multi-scalar resilience and can support recovery from a range of hazards, disturbances and perturbations.


Building on our multi-sector research partnership that includes TKF Foundation (Open Spaces, Sacred Places) and local participants we will examine a new vision for trans-disciplinary research, design, and green space creation in post-disaster settings using case study evidence from Joplin, MO and New York City. These two communities have recently faced stressors resulting in grave loss of life and property damage, but from different modes of destruction: a devastating tornado and a destructive hurricane with associated coastal flooding. Both places draw upon unique histories, cultures, and capacities in deploying green space design and care as a mechanism for recovery. Yet, case comparisons reveal patterns and processes that are applicable to universal models of recovery and development. In addition, other researchers and practitioners will be invited to share their impressions to create a new narrative of hope, transformation and recovery using local knowledge and community-led processes.

We propose a vibrant, engaging speed talk session that combines theory and practice, inductive and deductive work, and that offers real world examples and insights. We will bring together scholars and practitioners from a diversity of disciplines and approaches (e.g. urban ecology, sociology, anthropology, geography, landscape design, planning, and architecture) to a dialectic deepening of the understanding of modes of recovery, restoration and human well-being. Our aim is to host an interactive session where dialogue and debate will stimulate critical and reflective reconceptualization of participatory design of green spaces in hazard and vulnerability contexts.


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