The wall, the door and the key:Resilence, education and planning in segregated urban communities

THE WALL, THE DOOR AND THE KEY:RESILIENCE, EDUCATION AND PLANNING IN SEGREGATED URBAN COMMUNITIES

Kari Smith, September 2011


The concept of resilience has been increasingly used to understand and ameliorate a range of social challenges through examining how individuals, families and communities respond and adapt to stressful conditions. Resilience is defined and measured in many ways; one key element of resilience found across most of the literature is the importance of education in the development of resilience.


This paper is a recently completed Masters thesis in urban development, the analyses of which include an examination of the importance of education in both urban planning and the development of resilience. Selected case studies are analyzed include housing and education interventions for urban Roma populations in Serbia and Bulgaria.