Mapping Resilience: A Proposed Graphical Language

By Susan Carruth.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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Resilience theory is a growing discipline with great relevance for the discipline of planning, particularly in fields like energy planning that face great uncertainty and rapid transformation. Building on the work of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, this paper begins by outlining the relationship between resilience and energy planning, suggesting that planning in (and with) time is a core necessity in this domain. It then reviews four examples of graphically mapping with time, highlighting some of the key challenges before proposing a graphical language to be employed by planners when aiming to construct resilient energy plans. It concludes that a graphical language has the potential to be a significant tool, flexibly facilitating cross-disciplinary communication and decision-making, while emphasising that its role is to support imaginative, resilient planning rather than predict the future.

Keywords: Renewable Energy, Graphical Language, Planning, Time, Resilience

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 5, Issue 2, March 2015, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 30, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.767MB)).

Susan Carruth

PhD Fellow, Urban Landscapes Platform, Design Platform, Arkitektskolen Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark