Research and practice in geosciences and urban planning interfere in many aspects, one of them being the impact of natural hazards on urban areas. This session proposes the investigation of sub-area wide or typological divisions of the town tissue for better risk management. We welcome contributions on recovery, preparedness, mitigation and resilience planning. These comprise the prevention of losses in disasters as well as a planning with view to better face not avoidable losses. We particularly welcome papers on emergency planning, such as planning of shelters or of safe areas in towns, as well as historic and contemporary recovery, from the cities of the 17th century (some opposite examples are Lisbon after the fire and tsunami, London after the great fire) or the 19th century (Ljubljana and the national spirit, between traditional and modern) to those in the past 100 years, such as the rebuilding on another site of Gibbelina or of San Giuliano de Puglia, or the recent Abruzzo earthquake. We equaly welcome contributions with views from social sciences and humanities on the issues of the four planning types mentioned above, such as risk perception, or the literature and philosophy echo of disasters such as the Lisbon or the Sumatra tsunami.
Although there is a strong focus on the lessons learned from case studies, we equally welcome theoretical models addressing the topic of the session.
Another aspect we want to address is the role of zonation, for example seismic microzonation and urban zoning in defining recommendations according to the vulnerability of each building type.
We particularly welcome contributions on visualisation of data serving strategic planning, such as GIS and 3D city models for natural hazards.