Public space planning in minor historic centres exposed to seismic risk: lessons learnt from the experience in Navelli (AQ)

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Martina Carra
Silvia Rossetti
Barbara Caselli


Risk reduction in minor historic centres exposed to seismic hazards is essential for the protection of life and cultural heritage but also for social and economic development and requires appropriate strategies. The current state of knowledge and technology suggests that intervention on sensitive mitigation of urban systems vulnerability is the most desirable solution to prevent the devastating earthquake’s effects. This requires a careful planning of both built and public spaces. Within this framework, the contribution illustrates an integrated methodology that accompanied the drafting of the Reconstruction plan of Navelli (AQ) and Civitaretenga, drawn up in response to the earthquake that struck the Abruzzo Region in 2009. Although dated, this methodology can be considered a best practice due to the innovative systematic assessment of both built heritage and open space in the two historical centres, supported by an Integrated Information System (IIS). An innovative approach to the assessment of vulnerability and accessibility of public spaces is also introduced. Monitoring the first outcomes of the Plan implementation provides a pretext for a critical reflection, about 10 years later, on the role of post-earthquake planning tools and on the evident relations or gaps between the scientific and technical contribution of the university and ordinary reconstruction processes in minor urban centres, generally prioritising interventions on the built heritage over the public space.


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CarraM., RossettiS., & CaselliB. (2023). Public space planning in minor historic centres exposed to seismic risk: lessons learnt from the experience in Navelli (AQ). UPLanD - Journal of Urban Planning, Landscape & Environmental Design, 7(1), 25-38.


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