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Urban resilience and slow motion disasters

Clovis Ultramari, Universidade Católica do Paraná - Curitiba - Brazil
Denis Alcides Rezende, Universidade Católica do Paraná - Curitiba - Brazil

Preliminarily, this article traces the similarities and differences between 1. Cities struggling to restore life to normal in post-disaster / war processes and demonstrating a huge urban resilience that allows the implementation of quick restorations, and 2. Cities with a long history of poverty, inappropriate land use patterns, environmental problems, among others, which build up cumulative chain crises along their existence. What is discussed here is a scenario of two different urban worlds in terms of the ability to solve problems, management tools and international aid to cope with local crises. This comparative discussion draws the attention to the outstanding difference between the scenarios working as a reference in looking to the past by these two kinds of cities and by the international political and financial support they receive. Much vulnerability can be detected in both cases. What makes them different is the resilience of their populations, the persistence of such vulnerabilities, and instruments and resources made available for each of them. The urban situation in Brazil is taken as a reference for the first group discussed here. Cities worldwide destroyed by wars and natural/man-induced accidents in the last three decades illustrate the second group. Urban management, international funds, international solidarity, and good practices exchange are the main topics of this article.

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