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Invisible Reconstruction

Cross-Disciplinary Responses to Natural, Biological and Man-Made Disasters

Distributed for UCL Press

Invisible Reconstruction

Cross-Disciplinary Responses to Natural, Biological and Man-Made Disasters

Repairing communities, not just buildings, in the wake of disasters.

What does it really mean to reconstruct a city after a disaster? Is the repair and reinstatement of buildings and infrastructure sufficient? This volume argues that the true measure of success should be societal. After all, a city without people is no city at all. The book brings together academics and practitioners from a wide variety of disciplines, comparing strategies and outcomes in different scenarios and cultures from South America, Europe, and Asia. From cultural heritage and public space to education and participation, contributors reflect on the interconnection of people, culture, and environment and constructive approaches to increasing resilience and reducing vulnerability. Bringing practical examples of how communities and individuals have reacted to or prepared for disaster, the publication proposes a shift in public policy to ensure that physical reinforcement and rebuilding are matched by attention to societal needs. Invisible Reconstruction is essential reading for policymakers, academics, and practitioners working to reduce the impact of disasters or to improve post-disaster recovery.

350 pages | 130 color plates | 6.14 x 9.21 | © 2022

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Table of Contents

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List of contributors
Foreword: Learning from L’Aquila: Catastrophe and the Importance of Care - Florian Mussgnug

Introduction: The Invisible Reconstruction project and its aims
Lucia Patrizio Gunning and Paola Rizzi

Part I Reconstruction and society
1 L’Aquila 2009–2019: back to the future: Cultural heritage and post-seismic reconstruction challenges
Alessandra Vittorini

2 Invisible recovery: physical reconstruction vs social reconstruction: The case of central Italy
Donato Di Ludovico and Lucia Patrizio Gunning

3 Revealing the vulnerable in society: Contradictions between victims’ intentions and housing provision
Haruka Tsukuda and Yasuaki Onoda

4 Invisible hands: institutional resilience and tsunami risk: The case of Kochi City in Japan
Sarunwit Promsaka Na Sakonnakron, Paola Rizzi, Satoshi Otsuki

5 L’Aquila: from old to new castles: Rediscovering poles and networks to rebuild a community
Simonetta Ciranna and Patrizia Montuori

Part II Public space, a human right
6 Post-crisis masterplanning: A new approach to public spaces. Italy (2009–2021)
Quirino Crosta

7 Rethinking inequality and the future: The pre-Hispanic past in post-disaster Lima, Peru
Rosabella Alvarez Calderon and Julio Sanchez

8 (Re)-constructing the contemporary city in Latin America
Maria Andrea Tapia

9 Invisible regeneration: The communities of Shahjahanabad in times of pandemic
Abhishek Jain

Part III Communication, prevention and protection
10 Rebuilding engagement with social media and consumer technologies
Barnaby Gunning and Lucia Patrizio Gunning

11 The Great East Japan Earthquake and COVID-19: Through a gender and elderly lens
Miwako Kitamura

12 Disaster risk management, social participation and geoethics
Francesco De Pascale, Piero Farabollini, Francesca Romana Luggeri

13 Soundscapes of non-reality: Alternative approach to post-disaster reconstruction
Paola Rizzi and Nora Sanna

Part IV Tourism, culture and economy
14 Atmospheric images: Photographic encounters in L’Aquila’s historic centre
Federico De Matteis and Fatima Marchini

15 Providing disaster information to inbound tourists: Case study for the historical city of Kyoto, Japan
Kohei Sakai and Hideiko Kanegae

16 Landscape as a post-earthquake driver of resilience: The intangible multiple values of territory
Fabio Carnelli and Paola Branduini

17 Heritage assets, fairs and museums: Places of encounter and presence in times of pandemic
Franca Zuccoli, Alessandra De Nicola, Pietro Magri

Part V Schools, social integration and rights
18 Dimensions of educational poverty and emergencies: What are the protective factors for well-being?
Nicoletta Di Genova

19 ‘Existential and identity displacement’ in catastrophic events: Teacher training: skills and strategies for coping
Antonella Nuzzaci

20 Intercultural relations and community development: Education in L’Aquila among earthquake and COVID-19 emergencies
Alessandro Vaccarelli and Silvia Nanni


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