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Dialogue and multidisciplinary discussion to create a culture of post-earthquake reconstruction: these are the objectives of the LABoratory for reconstruction, a series of surveys in the areas of the earthquake crater organized with technicians, associations and residents to get to know these territories closely. The initiative was initiated by Stefano Boeri as part of the assignment as expert on urban planning activities in Lazio, Abruzzo, Marche and Umbria (nominated in April by Vasco Errani, Extraordinary Commissioner of Government for reconstruction of areas hit by earthquake).
“Rebuilding will be guided by the Municipalities, because they, together with the Regions, are the real protagonists,” Boeri explained after the first survey on April 5th in L’Aquila. “My role is to give suggestions and to provide interpretive keys, examples and guidelines. That is why I immediately wanted to get in touch with local professional Orders to make a journey of knowledge and comparison. ”

Milan Arch Week, during the international Architecture event, continued and expanded the dialogue on the design and reconstruction of the earthquake territories.

On 16.06.17, the Laboratory for Reconstruction took place in the Lab Room of the Triennale of Milan, gathering a wide audience of participants.
Moderated by:
Maria Chiara Pastore; Nina Bassoli
• 10.00-13.00 Relations by:
Ilaria Valente (Polimi); Pippo Ciorra (UniCam); Luca Galofaro (UniCam); Sandro Annibali (Ordine degli Architetti L’Aquila); Matteo Agnoletto (UniBo); Andrea Gritti (Politecnico di Milano); Maria Marsella (La Sapienza,
University of Rome); Scira Menoni (Polymes); Marco D’Annuntiis (UniCam); Raul Pantaleo (TamAssociati).
• 13.00-14.30 Lunch break
• 14.30-17.00 Work Tables on Reconstruction

Six working groups discussed and proposed answers to 6 QUESTIONS:
1. The Sisma of August 2016 defined a perimeter (Crater) which in a sense created a new territorial geography. Is it possible to study common features of this territory?
2. The vastness of the earthquake makes the interaction between the local population and institutions very complex. What are the tools that will allow interaction among these subjects?
3. Rebuilding starts from three primary elements: residence, community and work. What are the modalities to reactivate the employment chains?
4. The 1976 earthquake of Friuli Venezia Giulia was characterized by the reconstruction of “WHERE IT WAS HOW IT WAS”. Can this paradigm today still be considered current?
5. Since last August 2016, there have been many changes in the area. Several earthquakes shook the population and the buildings and the emergency phase led to the realization of constructed elements which are now characterizing the territory. What is the social and cultural impact of these new elements?
6. The work towards the reconstruction of the artifacts, especially in the conservation of their identity, puts us in front of issues related to the use of materials. How to make choices that ensure stability and safety and their suitability from the point of view of local cultural identity?

Participants at the Work Tables:
Pippo Ciorra (UniCam); Andrea Gritti (Polimi); Matteo Agnoletto (UniBo); Gianluca Galofaro (UniCam); Gianluca Fontana (Ian +); Maria Marsella (La Sapienza); Fabio Renzi (Symbol); Emilia Corradi (Polimi); Giulia Setti (Polimi); Angelo Landi (Polimi); Alessandro Riccini Ricci; Sandro Annibali (Ordine degli Architetti L’Aquila); Edoardo Compagnone (Ordine degli Architetti L’Aquila); Stefano Eleuteri (Ordine degli Architetti Rieti), Franco Brizi (Ordine degli Architetti Rieti); Giustino Valais (Ordine degli Architetti Teramo); Sara Marini (IUAV); Marco D’Annuntiis (UniCam); Alberto Ferlenga (IUAV); Franco Tagliabue (Polimi); Mariavittoria Rava (Foundation Rava); Elisabetta Strada (Rava Foundation); Gaia Ceccaroli (Rava Foundation); Funda Atun (Polimi) Guido Minucci (Polimi); Manuel Orazi (Quodlibet); Stefano Storchi.

At 5.30 pm the final debate took place with the presence of Stefano Boeri.

photocredits: Giovanni Nardi.