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16006 - Introduction to Resilient Development

This guide is intended to help students of  Introduction to Resilient Development find information to for their assignments more easily and efficiently. If you would like any amendments or additions to this guide, or just have any questions generally do contact me - david.litting@uts.edu.au / 95143390


After consulting your readings for 16006 (which are described in your subject outline) you'll be given your assignments, and offered the freedom to search for your own information. The library offers some very useful information for this subject, which can be divided into the categories of books, academic journal articles, and specialist resources.

Books –

There is a lot of really useful information for this subject in book form. Books tend to be general in focus, and are especially good for building up knowledge on a subject.

Books are found using the Library Catalogue

Books give you a very solid information base to work with, and will develop your understanding of theory and history that you can then apply to specific real world examples in your assignments. Resilient development is a term that is just beginning to have currency in the academic community. If you can't find enough material to satisfy your needs, try searching for sustainable development or urban resilience instead.  

You can also find some good results by playing around with terms that focus on a slightly more specific aspect of the topic, for example water sensitive urban design or terror proof design

You have access to InterLibrary Loans to source books not available in the Library Catalogue – though as block students you will have to time your request if you wouldn’t normally be around the campus.

You might not get information in book form that apply these ideas to Australia, or especially Sydney. So for more specific and applied examples you can use journal articles:

Articles –

Articles are good resources for case studies, and locating applied examples of theories in practice. The scope of articles tends to be small and localised, ie: ways in which city spaces can be designed to enhance for security, not everywhere across history - but in one particular place at one particular time.

Google Scholar is a good place to look for articles on this topic, for a few reasons:

  • It catches material from many UTS subscription databases – legal, technical, humanities based – all in the one search.
  • It’s good for Australian content.
  • It contains material published in house by unis and institutional bodies that might not be available in a database, or hidden amongst the clutter of Google web.









Google Scholar and other databases like SageTaylor and FrancisProquest and Informit Complete will be useful for both assignments. Proquest offers unique features useful to the block student such as ebooks. It also offers PHD theses. 

See Proquest tutorial video and an Informit tutorial video.

You can also use InterLibrary Loans if we don't have the full text of something you find searching these databases..  

Government sources –

If you need to you can also search google for documents found in New South Wales council websites by doing a google search with this suffix


Specialist Resources

RP Data contains Property sales and ownership information for the New South Wales region. You can find lot numbers here, as well as zoning information, the area and dimensions of a land parcel, and aerial photographs.

Nabers Ratings are an environmental ratings tool that provide a score for a building based on metrics like water waste, energy and the indoor environmnent. You can use this Nabers Rating Register to find out how the building on site is ranked, if applicable.

CityScope - CityScope will give you leasehold information about city office buildings and also provide you with a description of their features, including Nabers ratings. 


Harvard UTS Referencing Guide for information on how to reference all the materials you may find and use during this course, according to the Harvard UTS style.

We also offer free referencing software, including EndNote