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Abstract: Despite the composed ‘predict and provide’ attitude displayed in the National Urban Policy Paper towards change in Australian Cities, our cities have been more vulnerable to an increasing range of events and trends. The experience of the last year alone is a clear indicator that prediction along traditional lines is an increasingly unreliable way of managing cities. Instead, planning policy and frameworks will have to reckon with the need to strengthen contingency and resilience in cities, whether for rapid deployment or on a larger timeframe as an essential part of a national conversation about the future of Australian cities. The aim of this paper will be to consider how the concept of urban resilience could be better embedded into the urban process of decision-making and policy development and therefore result in more resilient cities. In addressing this question we aim to unpack the principles of resilience and establish how resilience can be incorporated as a key criterion for built environment quality and to demonstrate why they are critical. How can we measure resilience? What quantitative and qualitative indicators should we employ? How can we reframe the planning and policy discourse to include a conversation about the inclusion of resilience not only into cities but the networks on which the cities depend such as people, infrastructure and supply chains? We will argue that this new emphasis on resilience, enabled by networks in part, will necessitate a renewed engagement and rethinking of the policy frameworks that have delivered the cities we now have. A radically different approach will have to tackle not only adaptation of existing cities but how ongoing development can be envisaged through the lens of resilience and inform current planning and design decisions.

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