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 standardized solutions and lack of attention to the territorial complexities.

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

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

Through a historical diachrony and a critical comparison of national and international cases, the research will aim 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 territorial inner area, the thesis intends to identify potential transformative scenarios for the two half cities, the existing one destroyed and the new one temporary. How can they coexist in future possible reconstruction processes, in territories and communities affected by endemic emergencies – natural, economic, and anthropic – which are increasingly ordinary rather than extraordinary?