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Title: Building with the quake : earthquake and reconstruction in L'Aquila
Author: Marcoré, Enrico
ISNI:       0000 0004 7967 6491
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2019
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This thesis analyses the reconstruction carried out in L'Aquila province, in centralsouthern Italy, after the 2009 earthquake. As an anthropological work in conversation with architecture, it describes the architectural experimentation that the last quake made possible in L'Aquila province. I focus in particular on certain inhabitants' production of the environment and on the conception and use by many others of an environment already built. In the first part, this thesis shows how it was possible for local authorities after the catastrophe suddenly to change the perception of space and time by means of material reconstruction. I then demonstrate the ways in which official and unofficial reconstruction models - which began with very different principles and purposes - finally converged on the same state-mandated frame. In the last part, I examine how new materials, knowledge and technics are introduced or rediscovered after major disasters. I also elucidate the architectural savoir faire typical of different historic periods, and compare vernacular seismic knowledge with present engineering knowledge. An earthquake is a natural phenomenon that brings destruction to human beings while encountering a built environment, but it can also encourage society to adapt to new environmental challenges. When the historical opportunities offered by the quake are made use of only for economic speculation, this natural phenomenon is often transformed into a socio-cultural catastrophe. After many years of research in the anthropological study of disasters, with this thesis I suggest that socioarchitectural experimentation is fundamental after a catastrophe in order to rediscover new possibilities for rebuilding society in accord - and not in contrast - with a quake's vitality.
Supervisor: Ingold, Tim ; Vergunst, Jo Lee Sponsor: European Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: L'Aquila Earthquake, Italy, 2009 ; Architecture ; Buildings ; Dwellings ; Human beings ; L'Aquila (Italy)