The Urbanist

Handling a crisis

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30 January 2020

Episode 433

30 minutes


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How should cities handle a crisis? As the threat of the coronavirus spreads, we look at how our urban areas have coped when disaster has struck, be it terrorism, a health emergency, a natural disaster or a cyber attack.

30 January 2020

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Chapter 1

7 minutes


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Chapter 1

Health emergency: the coronavirus

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Security expert Dr Sally Leivesley on how urban areas are dealing with the coronavirus as more cases are confirmed outside mainland China.

7 minutes

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Chapter 2

4 minutes


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Chapter 2

Hong Kong and the coronavirus

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Our bureau chief James Chambers on how masks have become a symbol for when Hong Kong faces a crisis.

4 minutes

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Handling other types of crisis

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We’re back in the studio with Dr Sally Leivesley to talk about risk, terrorism and cyber attacks.

5 minutes

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

Natural crisis part 1: acqua alta

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Venice has been dealing with acqua alta flooding threat for centuries, but it’s getting worse. Francesco Musco tells us how it impacts the city.

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Chapter 5

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Chapter 5

Natural crisis part 2: bushfires

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This season’s bushfires have ravaged Australia, with firefighters arriving from around the world to contain the flames. David Bowman explains just how bad the situation is.

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