This project of the Seventh Framework is in the process of contract negotiation and will hopefully commence in the beginning of the year 2011 and focuses on the DESigning of safer URBan Spaces and addresses the issues of planning, (re)design, and (re)engineering of urban areas to make them less vulnerable and more resilient to security threats
Based on risk assessment and modelling, the first task is to develop a framework to be able to identify in existing urban areas (including public spaces such as public transport terminals, sport venues, shopping and business centres) ‘weak points’ where security must be reinforced. The second task is to define/develop tools to be able to develop more robust and resilient ‘space’ in the field of urban planning/design/engineering. The resulting urban space itself should be such that it is less prone for and less affected by attacks/accidents including natural disasters.
It is expected that, based on case-studies including the currently proposed Light Rail transportation in Jerusalem, action under this topic will improve the design of urban areas and thus increase their security and resilience to new threats. It will also contribute towards the protection of human lives and the environment.
There are eight partners in this consortium including
Research Management AS (RESMAN) from Norway,
IT INNOVATION of the University of Southampton, LOUGHBOROUGH University and BIRMINGHAM University from UK,
Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) and Bezalel Academy of Art and Design from Israel,
Centre Internacional de Metodes Numerics en Enginyeria (CIMNE), in Spain and
the Technical University of Crete (TUC).
It is anticipated that the Bezalel component will be a multi-disciplinary effort in the Graduate School involving the programmes in Urban Design and Industrial Design.