Design tools after emergencies








The rules, the processes and the solutions for emergency management, in Italy and the world, have moved architectural design away from standardised solutions and lack of attention to regional complexities.

Since the 2016 seismic events in central Italy and looking at the spatial impact of temporary buildings, this research reflects on the relationships between emergency and permanent settlements and their effects on urban and regional reconstruction. The perspective is the overcoming of emergency operations, from the concept of protection to the idea of incorporation and coexistence within design practices of long-term risks.

The research proposes the construction of a multi-scale and multi-temporal geographic database, supported by a geographic information system (GIS), which allows the interaction between geomatic tools to be explored as urban design tools.

Through a historical diachrony and a critical comparison of Italian and international cases, the research aims to investigate the settlement transformation resulting from temporary solutions to the actions and processes of continuous displacement, re-foundation and reconstruction.

From these, focusing on a specific regional inner area, the thesis intends to identify potential transformative scenarios for the two half cities, the existing, destroyed one and the new, temporary one. How can they coexist in future possible reconstruction processes, in regions and communities affected by endemic emergencies – natural, economic and anthropic – which are increasingly ordinary rather than extraordinary?