Fragile airports. Fragile cities. Fragile landscapes

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Recent events provide ample proof of the fragility of cities, territories and airport nodes when they come face-to-face with extreme and unexpected events. The Coronavirus pandemic, for example, has caused a complete disruption in the air network. Climate change, recurrent floods, rising seas, desertification, land impoverishment and, more generally, extreme meteorological events can temporarily or permanently compromise mobility networks and spaces. Airports are, in fact, highly vulnerable elements of infrastructure that require precise adaptation and mitigation strategies at various levels. What role can urban and landscape planning play in future decisions regarding new infrastructural sites and the adaptation of old infrastructure to climatic change and possible new functions?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-51
JournalUrban Development Issues (UDI)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • airport fragility
  • airport disruption
  • Climate change adaptation


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