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VITRUV – Vulnerability Identification Tools for Resilience Enhancement of Urban Environments

VITRUV – Vulnerability Identification Tools for Resilience Enhancement of Urban Environments


Client: European Commission

Dates: 2011-2014

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The objective of VITRUV is to develop tools which support urban planners to consistently integrate security issues into the considerations made in the long and complex urban planning process. In this context, FAC provided spatial planning expertise to a high-level pan-European consortium investigating the vulnerability of urban environments.

 With half of the world’s population currently living in urban centres, a figure that is predicted to increase to two-thirds by 2050, the issue of security and citizen safety is of paramount and increasing importance.  In order to effectively face these challenges, urban planning teams need tools that fully encompass the pre-application process with developers and designers and that facilitate flexible solutions to potential security issues, rather than impose measures.

These tools would ideally offer integrated and comprehensive support throughout all levels of the planning process, including the conceptual level (that pivots around the birth of a plan), the plan level (that deals with establishing a viable outline) and the detail level (that concerns all specifications needed to realize the plan).

The VITRUV project was nominated for an Irish Planning Institute National Award, 2016.

This project is supported by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme.



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