Green Infrastructure Enhancing Urban Resilience: Parallels Between Vienna and Budapest



Publication Date

August 2022


In densely populated cities with limited natural resources, finding strategies to restructure the existing urban territory has become a viable answer to make cities more integrated into the ecosystem and consequently more efficient and livable. Cities worldwide are adopting restorative measures to address disturbances in their structures, whether in the environmental, socioeconomic, or political spheres. Identifying urban voids and areas susceptible to extreme changes or diversification in their current land use distribution, urban forms, and connectivity is crucial to determining vulnerable urban patterns with the potential for transformation. Therefore, this paper aims to discuss the implications of promoting urban resilience, through the implementation of green infrastructure, as a sustainable way to create cohesive and more connected territories in the context of large cities with complex population dynamics. Thus, this study is a case study of two districts of Budapest and Vienna, located in the expanded centers of these cities, marked by their heterogeneity of land uses and the existence of industrial voids. The methodology applied emerged from a morphological appraisal founded on the concepts of Space Syntax theory, aiming to perform a comparative framework in terms of connectivity and territorial integration in renovated zones, using the software DapthmapX as a tool. The preliminary results indicate a clear connection between urban resilience, density management, and green infrastructure systems.