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Resilient Cities: Planning for Extreme Events

Starts on Nov. 21, 2017 at noon and ends on Nov. 21, 2017 at 1 p.m.

The event will be held at Burns Hall, Room 3015

East-West Center Seminar Series

Urbanization, especially in the Asia Pacific region, alongside climate change and sea level rise

increases the exposure and risks to cities. Recent disasters demonstrate the need for new

approaches to planning, development, and management of urban areas. Based on research

conducted in Hawaii, the United States, and the Asia-Pacific region, the challenges and

opportunities for mitigating harm and adaptation to coastal and climate hazards and threats are

described. In addition to new tools and technologies, more robust systems of planning,

management, and governance are needed to build and sustain resilient cities.


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    Karl Kim

    Professor and Executive Director at University of Hawaii, Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center

    Karl Kim, Ph.D. is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Director of the Graduate Program on Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance at the University of Hawaii. Educated at Brown University and MIT, he has previously served as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Manoa campus. He is currently Executive Director of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Center has trained more than 33,000 first responders and emergency managers across the U.S. He also directs a multi-year project with USAID on disaster risk reduction in Southeast Asia. He is editor of a 10 volume series on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (Routledge Press).