Earthquakes periodically strike the Italian territory, which is scattered with churches. In the last decades, the L’Aquila 2009, the Emilia-Lombardy 2012, and the Central Italy 2016 earthquakes have confirmed the high seismic vulnerability of churches, due to intrinsic structural characteristics. Churches remain “crystallized” in a damage state at the specific moment the earthquake strikes them. This status could represent an opportunity for a temporary valorisation in the time lapse between the realization of provisional safety interventions and the moment when organization procedures are set, and funds are available for final retrofitting and restoration works. This article aims at proposing a possible temporary valorisation of damaged churches. Such an approach, including participative actions, is proposed as a driver for: increasing the sense of identity in a community, with churches as part of its cultural heritage asset, and encouraging a sustainable renewal of normal life in such territories.

POST-EARTHQUAKE DAMAGED CHURCHES: A TEMPORARY VALORISATION

Sferrazza Papa, G.
2019

Abstract

Earthquakes periodically strike the Italian territory, which is scattered with churches. In the last decades, the L’Aquila 2009, the Emilia-Lombardy 2012, and the Central Italy 2016 earthquakes have confirmed the high seismic vulnerability of churches, due to intrinsic structural characteristics. Churches remain “crystallized” in a damage state at the specific moment the earthquake strikes them. This status could represent an opportunity for a temporary valorisation in the time lapse between the realization of provisional safety interventions and the moment when organization procedures are set, and funds are available for final retrofitting and restoration works. This article aims at proposing a possible temporary valorisation of damaged churches. Such an approach, including participative actions, is proposed as a driver for: increasing the sense of identity in a community, with churches as part of its cultural heritage asset, and encouraging a sustainable renewal of normal life in such territories.
Project challenges: sustainable development and urban resilience
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