Reinterpreting “Sustainability” and “Resilience” in the post-pandemic urban planning paradigm


  • Zeynep Deniz Yaman Galantini image/svg+xml Gebze Technical University

    Urban and regional planner (PhD) and urban policy expert Zeynep Deniz Yaman Galantini obtained her bachelor’s degree from Istanbul Technical University-Department of Urban and Regional Planning (university degree) in 2006. Then, with a scholarship from Politecnico di Milano University, she completed the MScs Program “Urban Planning and Policy Design” with full score in 2008. Her master thesis was about the poverty alleviation policies and “Conditional Cash Transfers” in Turkey. She completed the PhD program of Urban and Regional Planning in Istanbul Technical University with the thesis entitled “Urban Resilience as A Policy Paradigm for Sustainable Urban Planning and Urban Development: The Case of Istanbul”. Her thesis got the “Most Successful Doctorate Thesis Award of 2018”. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor in Gebze Technical University in Urban and Regional Planning Department, and her studies focus on urban resilience, resilient urban policies, and sustainable urban development.



sustainability, pandemic city, post-pandemic city, post-pandemic urban planning, resilience


In the past three years, there has been no crisis more "unexpected" than the COVID-19 epidemic, which was deemed as pandemic by WHO on March 11, 2020. Indeed, urban planning must play a significant role in resolving the pandemic dilemma. So, given that pandemics are natural disasters and environmental factors are their primary cause, how is it possible we are still experiencing this outbreak even though “resilience” and “sustainability” principles are ingrained in urban planning paradigms? Accordingly, it is essential to grasp how to incorporate “sustainability” and “resilience” ideas into urban planning processes and to develop the institutional capability to manage and monitor these procedures. Therefore, the purpose of the study is to clarify how sustainability and resilience principles might help to define the essential elements of the "post-pandemic" urban planning paradigm through conceptual analysis and a thorough assessment as the methodology. The first section discusses the necessity of the two most relevant concepts of urban planning paradigms; “sustainability” and “resilience” to tackle with pandemics, followed by the discussion of the “pandemic city” and “post-pandemic city” concepts. Finally, the last chapter explores how the attributes of resilience and sustainability can contribute to “post-pandemic urban planning” paradigm.


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How to Cite

Yaman Galantini, Z. D. (2023). Reinterpreting “Sustainability” and “Resilience” in the post-pandemic urban planning paradigm. Journal of Design for Resilience in Architecture and Planning, 4((Special Issue), 65–77.



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