Density and Urban Resilience, Cross-Section Analysis in an Iranian Metropolis Context

Alireza Dehghani, Mehdi Alidadi, Ali Soltani

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While there is a large body of research on sustainable development and urban resilience, the interaction between urban densification and urban resilience remains understudied. This study aims to investigate several facets of urban resilience and densification before analyzing their mutual relationship. Focusing on ecological, social, economic, and physical elements of urban resilience on the one hand and population density, residential density, built-up area ratio (BAR), and parcel density on the other, a combination of spatial and quantitative methodologies is applied. Our empirical investigation revealed that the spatial distribution of all resilience indicators is varied. In other words, the cumulative form of urban resilience indicators has a different significance than the individual version. Similarly, different types of density have varying orientations and degrees of connection with measures of resilience that should be evaluated in empirical investigations. In addition, our research revealed that density has a stronger relationship with social and physical resilience than with ecological and economic resilience. The findings drawn from this research have the potential to inform the design of secure, resilient cities across a range of spatial dimensions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number23
Number of pages22
JournalUrban Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • compact development
  • cross-section analysis
  • densification
  • resilience
  • Shiraz


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