The dangers of urban decline and the role of facility management in reducing associated safety and health risks

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Abstract

Background and aim – This paper studies urban decline, the process
in which the built environment suddenly or gradually loses its practical,
technical and economic functionality, resulting in it being abandoned
by its legitimate occupants and neglected by its owners for an extended period of time. Recent European examples of urban decline from
around the globe as well as five German examples were studied. This is
followed by a reflection on the risks for public safety and public health
that these examples show and the possible role of facility managers in
diminishing these risks.
Methods / Methodology – Data were collected by means of desk research and direct observations
Results – At all locations public safety and public health risks were considerable. Direct observations at
five German locations show extensive urban decline.
Originality –Identifying safety and health risks in abandoned buildings and connecting these issues to
the facility management profession offers a new perspective on dealing with urban decay.
Practical or social implications – Abandoned buildings that are easily accessible to the public generate
considerable risks for public safety and health. This paper calls for a debate about how to deal with
these risks. Part of the debate should be whether or not such situations should be allowed to continue.
Moreover, this paper suggests a prominent role for the facility management profession in order to deal
with these safety and health issues.
Type of paper – Research paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCompanion Proceedings of EFMIC 2020
EditorsTuuli Jylhä
PublisherEuroFM: European Facility Management Network
Pages79-86
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-90336-36-7
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2020
EventEuropean Facility Management International Conference (EFMIC) 2020, EuroFM Network, 1 October 2020, online conference - Online
Duration: 1 Oct 20201 Oct 2020
https://eurofm.org/

Conference

ConferenceEuropean Facility Management International Conference (EFMIC) 2020, EuroFM Network, 1 October 2020, online conference
Abbreviated titleEFMIC
Period1/10/201/10/20
Internet address

Keywords

  • abandoned buildings
  • city decay
  • facilities management
  • healthy cities
  • public health
  • public safety
  • urban decline

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