The DESURBS project made significant and novel advances regarding the design of urban spaces.

  • An urban event database that includes incidents or ‘near misses’ that have (or might have) resulted in injury or loss of life, damage to urban spaces, the auxiliary infrastructures supporting those spaces, or the surrounding natural environment.

  • An integrated security and resilience (ISR) design framework that allows local stakeholders to identify vulnerabilities and improve the resiliance of urban spaces with respect to security threats.

  • Comprehensive and generic supporting tools and methodologies. This includes urban resilient design guidelines and quantitative risk and vulnerability assessment modelsi. Additionally, tools and technologies to facilitate the qualitative ISR assessment process were developed.

  • A web-based Decision Support System Portal integrating the project’s outputs and including tailored visualisation and mapping tools to help end users better understand the vulnerabilities and design possibilities.

An objective rating scale for quantifying safety of different urban space designs was developed and used to show that the DESURBS solutions result in urban spaces less prone to and less affected by security threats. Primary case studies with end users in Jerusalem in Israel, Nottingham in the UK, and Barcelona in Spain informed the development process.

Secure Society Decision Support

Project Fact Sheet

The DESURBS project was a 48 month project funded by the EC FP7 framework programme.

Coordinator: Research Management AS, Norway

European emblem DESURBS has received EC research funding.