Assessing morphological resilience. Methodological challenges for metropolitan areas

Giovanni Fusco, Alessandro Venerandi

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Morphological resilience to urban change is the capacity of the form of the physical city to adapt to everchanging social, economic, and technical contexts. It echoes the theory of general resilience in ecology and is not linked to catastrophic events. Complexity theory informs principles of resilient systems that can be applied to urban form. This paper shows how morphological resilience can be assessed in a wide metropolitan area using geoprocessing protocols and available geospatial information. More specifically, a two-step methodology is proposed and tested on the French Riviera. First, spatial units of analysis are identified based on the interconnectedness of the street network, which is a major morphological component in itself. Next, a set of morpho-functional quantitative indicators of resilience is computed for such spatial units, accounting for both internal structure and integration within the wider metropolitan area. Thirteen indicators are selected to describe five different proxies of morphological resilience: diversity, connectivity, redundancy, modularity and efficiency. The paper also presents the preliminary results of morphological resilience assessment in the French Riviera. Urban central areas on the coast generally show more resilient characteristics, while more contrasted patterns emerge in the hinterland.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Science and Its Applications – ICCSA 2020
EditorsOsvaldo Gervasi, Beniamino Murgante, Sanjay Misra, Chiara Garau, Ivan Blecic, David Taniar, Bernady O. Apduhan, Ana Maria A.C. Rocha, Eufemia Tarantino, Carmelo Maria Torre, Yeliz Karaca
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030588205
ISBN (Print)9783030588199
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2020
Event20th International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications - Cagliari, Italy
Duration: 1 Jul 20204 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12255 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference20th International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications
Abbreviated titleICCSA 2020
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  • French Riviera
  • geoprocessing
  • morphological resilience
  • urban form


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