Amedeo Scofone

Reshaping Cities after Natural Disasters

L’Aquila, Italy

In 2009 a massive earthquake destroyed the old town of L’Aquila, depriving the city of a historic residential and commercial centre. This project has explored the feasibility of residential neighbourhoods that take over the functions of the old town, but which can be integrated with the rest of the city when the historic centre is made operative again. Sited at altitude on a hill and surrounded by mountains the city enjoys a sunny climate with cold winters. The design proposals draw upon the traditional features of Italian hills town, -their narrow streets, small squares, and mixed-use buildings-, aiming to provide good environments, indoors and outdoors, maintaining the high density of dwellings and activities.