Designing Pandemic Antifragility for Multimodal Transport Hubs

A.B.D. Nieuwborg*, S. Hiemstra-van Mastrigt, M. Melles, S.C. Santema, Jan Zekveld

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The outbreak of COVID-19 demonstrated the fragility of the transportation system and its Multimodal Transport Hubs (MTHs). Global travel reduced dramatically, leading to an existential crisis in MTHs. To cope with the pandemic, MTHs implemented multiple resilient measurements including social distancing, rapid testing regimes, and infrared cameras. Although these measurements are valuable tools, this research advocates to transcend resilient measures and move towards antifragility by applying a systems thinking approach. As Nassim Taleb (2013) defines: “Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.” Our goal is to contribute to a long-term future of the transportation system by transforming MTHs into a tool to effectuate antifragility during the management of health disruptions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2021
EventRelating Systems Thinking and Design 2021 Symposium (RSD10) - Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 2 Nov 20216 Nov 2021
Conference number: 10


ConferenceRelating Systems Thinking and Design 2021 Symposium (RSD10)
Abbreviated titleRSD
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  • design for antifragility
  • pandemics and systems thinking


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