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Designing for Pandemic Antifragility in Multimodal Transport Hubs

Nieuwborg, Alexander, Hiemstra-van Mastrigt, Suzanne, Melles, Marijke, Santema, Sicco and Zekveld, Jan (2021) Designing for Pandemic Antifragility in Multimodal Transport Hubs. In: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD10) 2021 Symposium, 2-6 Nov 2021, Delft, The Netherlands.

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The outbreak of COVID-19 demonstrated the fragility of the transportation system and its Multimodal Transport Hubs (MTHs). Global travel reduced dramatically, leading to an existential crisis in MTHs. To cope with the pandemic, MTHs implemented multiple resilient measurements including social distancing, rapid testing regimes, and infrared cameras. Although these measurements are valuable tools, this research advocates to transcend resilient measures and move towards antifragility by applying a systems thinking approach. As Nassim Taleb (2013) defines: “Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.” Our goal is to contribute to a long-term future of the transportation system by transforming MTHs into a tool to effectuate antifragility during the management of health disruptions.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: design for antifragility, pandemics and systems thinking
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 27 May 2022 19:34
Last Modified: 27 May 2022 19:45
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3848

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