A systems approach to resilience in the built environment. The Cuban Case

Duyne Barenstein, Jennifer and Lizarralde, Gonzalo and Bornstein, Lisa and Valledares, Arturo (2015) A systems approach to resilience in the built environment. The Cuban Case. Disasters Journal, 39 (1). pp. 76-95. ISSN 1467-7717 (In Press)

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Through its capacity to evoke systemic adaptation before and after disasters, resilience has become a seductive theory in disaster management. Several studies have linked the concept with systems theory; however, they have been mostly based on theoretical models with limited empirical support. The study of the Cuban model of resilience sheds light on the variables that create systemic resilience in the built environment and its relations with the social and natural environments. Cuba is vulnerable to many types of hazard, yet the country's disaster management benefits from institutional, health and education systems that develop social capital, knowledge and other assets that support construction industry and housing development, systematic urban and regional planning, effective alerts, and evacuation plans. The Cuban political context is specific, but the study can nonetheless contribute to systemic improvements to the resilience of built environments in other contexts.

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