sustainability and resilience

socio-spatial perspective


Alenka Fikfak (ed)
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture
Saja Kosanović (ed)
Faculty of Technical Sciences, University in Kosovska Mitrovica
Miha Konjar (ed)
University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Architecture
Enrico Anguillari (ed)
IUAV Venice


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Sustainability and resilience have become indispensable parts of the contemporary debate over the built environment. Although recognised as imperatives, the complexity and the variety of interpretations of sustainability and resilience have raised the necessity to again rethink their notion in the context of the built environment and to reframe the state-of-the-art body of knowledge. The book Sustainability and Resilience: Socio-Spatial Perspective so begins with the exploration of the broadest conceptual frame-of-reference of issues related to sustainability, and the re-establishment of the connection between the built environment and the conditions that are vital to its functioning, primarily in relation to energy, land use, climate, and economy. Subsequent discussion on resilience as a term, approach, and philosophy aims to conceptualise an interpretation of key resilience concepts, explain relationships and links among them, and propose the classification of resilience as applicable to the context of urban studies.

By studying the processes of transition of the built environment, the book then reveals a coherent formula of ‘thinking sustainability + resilience’ aimed at improving the ability to respond to disruptions and hazards while enhancing human and environmental welfare. The necessity to integrate the two approaches is further accented as a result of a deliberative discourse on the notions of ‘social sustainability’, ‘sustainable community’, and ‘socio-cultural resilience’. The potential of measuring sustainable development and urban sustainability on the basis of defined social, human, and, additionally, natural and economic values is presented though an overview of different wellknown indicators and the identification of a currently relevant tangible framework of sustainable development.

Correspondingly, the role of policies and governance is demonstrated on the case of climate-proof cities. In this way, the consideration of approaches to sustainability and resilience of the urban environment is rounded, and the focus of the book is shifted towards an urban/rural dichotomy and the sustainability prospects of identified forms-in-between, and, subsequently, towards the exploration of values, challenges, and the socio-cultural role in achieving sustainability for rural areas. In the final chapters, the book offers several peculiarised socio-spatial perspectives, from defining the path towards more resilient communities and sustainable spaces based on a shared wellbeing, to proposing the approach to define community resilience as an intentional action that aims to respond to, and influence, the course of social and economic change, to deliberating the notion of a ’healthy place’ and questioning its optimal scale in the built environment.

The study of sustainability and resilience in this book is concluded by drawing a parallel between environmental, economic, and social determinants of the built environment and the determinants that are relevant to human health and well-being.


  • Thinking Sustainability
    Shifting Back the ‘Shifting Baseline’
    Ognjen Šukalo
  • Shifting Forward
    Resilience Thinking in Out-of- Order Urban Systems
    Tijana Vujičić
  • Thinking Sustainability + Resilience
    Built Environment in Transition
    Tijana Vujičić, Marija Stamenković
  • About Socio-Cultural Sustainability and Resilience
    Alenka Fikfak, Saja Kosanović, Marija Stamenković, Tadej Glažar, Branislav Folić
  • Indicators of Sustainable Development and the Urban Sustainability
    Anja Milovanović, Olivera Lekić
  • Towards Climate Proof Cities
    Innovative Tools and Policies for Territorial Government
    Filippo Magni, Francesco Musco
  • Urban/Rural Dichotomy and the Forms-In-Between
    Alenka Fikfak, Saja Kosanović, Miha Konjar, Svetislav G Popović
  • Sustainability of Rural Areas
    Exploring Values, Challenges, and Socio-Cultural Role
    Anja Milovanović, Olivera Lekić, Nebojša Gadžić
  • A Shared Wellbeing
    A Path Toward More Resilient Communities and Sustainable Spaces
    Simone Devoti
  • Community Resilience and Tourism Development
    The Case of Marginal Areas
    Viola Bertini
  • Healthy Places in the Built Environment
    Alenka Fikfak, Olivera Lekić, Mirjana Miletić


climate change, community, health, resilience, resources, sustainability, sustainable development, wellbeing


1 July 2018


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