POST-EARTHQUAKE RECONSTRUCTION LAB

Rethinking a new post-earthquake territorial geography in central Italy.

On August 24, 2016, a violent shock of magnitude 6.0 struck a large area along the Valle del Tronto, between the municipalities of Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto. The Earthquake 2016 has been characterized by several and many shocks that have affected the territories differently. To date, 140 communes, with about 600,000 residents, divided into four regions (Lazio, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo) and 10 provinces, are faced with reconstruction. The earthquake affected most small communes: 40% of them inhabit less than 1,000 inhabitants each. We are therefore confronted with a complex situation which concerns a group of small and tiny settlements located on the Apennines gully, many of which are already subject to dynamics of depopulation, which together can be considered, as a result of the many interactions between them as an urban archipelago.

After the emergency and the resulting long interim temporality, it is necessary to decide and implement a particular reconstruction vision. The aim of the course is to develop project visions that make assumptions on the reconstruction of the territory affected by the earthquake in central Italy in 2016. After a first analysis and mapping, students are asked to focus on the reconstruction project of a special section of the crater, producing a strategic vision of land reparation that takes into account the tangible and intangible aspects of the earthquake.

role: adjunct professor architectural design

for: Politecnico di Milano 

module of: Urban Design Studio by prof. Stefano Boeri

year: 2017-18

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