Project Description

Architectures for Emergencies

Boundaries issue n. 2

Among the different mean of “emergency” we have chosen to focus particularly on the post-crisis reconstruction, including both natural and man-made disasters: earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, pollution, global climate change, post-war reconstructions, to those who everyday deal with an armed conflict.
Among the different mean of “emergency” we have chosen to focus particularly on the post-crisis reconstruction, including both natural and man-made disasters: earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, pollution, global climate change, post-war reconstructions, to those who everyday deal with an armed conflict.
To face an emergency means to deal with problems of the most different natures, some requires immediateness, others longer subsidence times. Sometimes it is matter of providing housing to those who have lost theirs – in the following pages we will try to explore the debate between temporary and permanent shelters –, other times it is matter of safeguarding human dignity, without forgetting the importance of the memory of places.

Even if they are considered as special events – something rarely happening – emergencies are, in many cases, an everyday reality: from natural to man-made disasters, and architecture must face a broad variety of emergency circumstances.
Can we speak about “architecture” at a given historical moment or in certain geographic areas? Which is the role, what can we expect and what reliability could be placed in architecture in specific contexts? How do architects react to situations like: destruction – physical and/or of the memory –, presence of ruins, restoration and reconstruction, and how does all that interacts with human perception of the environment?

With contributions from: Wang Lu, Make It Right, MVRDV, Deborah Gans, Koji Tsutsui, ARCò, Daniel Libeskind, David Sanderson, Pasquale Zaffina, O. Compagnon – P. Tebben, Nora Niasari, Laura Marino, Marta Niccolai, René Mancilla, A. Fernández – S. Ortega, Denis Oudendijk + Jan Körbes, Jean Prouvé, Renzo Piano, Alvaro Siza.

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