Towards Otherwise Resilient Cities?


Patricia Zander, Université de Strasbourg, France



"Urban resilience is a formidable paradoxical injunction for contemporary cities. At a time of cascading risks (environmental risks, social risks with the rise of social inequalities, political risks...) combined with the shock of the advent of the globalized neoliberal society (neoliberalism can be defined as a new rationality that introduces the logic of the market everywhere: W. Brown, Défaire le dèmos, 2018), cities are forced to reinvent themselves by adapting to a new context of crises that they contribute in part to creating and nourishing.  Through the analysis of three different cases, this roundtable examines urban resilience in the light of globalization and metropolization. In particular, it focuses on urban resilience processes that are at odds with traditional metropolitan models that advocate enlightened management of mobility, density and environmental risks (Reghezza-Zitt, 2014). Wouldn't the resilient city also be (first and foremost?) that city that manages to mobilize its "ordinary" social resources (J. Robinson (Ordinary Cities: Between Modernity and Development, 2006), inherited and present resources that are the levers of its sustainability?