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Urban vulnerabilities: think simple

Urban vulnerabilities: think simple Noting the signals coming from the community of complex critical infrastructures management indicating, on the one hand, a definite preoccupation with identifying and properly characterising system vulnerabilities and, on the other hand, a dissatisfaction with (generally) expert capabilities to provide the effective ways and means sought, this paper submits that contributing to the situation is experts being caught in an unfortunate spiral of attempting to match objective complexity with increasingly complex, sometimes unintelligible for the stakeholders, solutions. It is suggested that an occasional change of lane in methodology, on the less analytical yet surprisingly insightful path lead by heuristic methods including cellular automata schemes may bring in just the breath of fresh air that may restore some degree of confidence in 'what nerds can usefully tell practitioners'. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Critical Infrastructures Inderscience Publishers

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Publisher
Inderscience Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. All rights reserved
ISSN
1475-3219
eISSN
1741-8038
DOI
10.1504/IJCIS.2010.033342
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Abstract

Noting the signals coming from the community of complex critical infrastructures management indicating, on the one hand, a definite preoccupation with identifying and properly characterising system vulnerabilities and, on the other hand, a dissatisfaction with (generally) expert capabilities to provide the effective ways and means sought, this paper submits that contributing to the situation is experts being caught in an unfortunate spiral of attempting to match objective complexity with increasingly complex, sometimes unintelligible for the stakeholders, solutions. It is suggested that an occasional change of lane in methodology, on the less analytical yet surprisingly insightful path lead by heuristic methods including cellular automata schemes may bring in just the breath of fresh air that may restore some degree of confidence in 'what nerds can usefully tell practitioners'.

Journal

International Journal of Critical InfrastructuresInderscience Publishers

Published: Jan 1, 2010

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