Empowering Resilient Communities

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Resilient Communities | Comunità Resilienti

Following earlier presentations of the Design of Public Space research group from Delft, Maurice Harteveld participates in the ‘Empowering Resilient Communities’ event organised at the Italian Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, on Friday 12 November, from 2 pm. As part of the international scientific committee of the pavilion, he will reflect on various Italian projects, which will be presented in this session. His review relates to a broader inventory of actions, which are being currently taken in the networks of public space to strengthen community resilience. Rotterdam serves as an exemplar, and as such these actions challenge the design of public space, and with that among others the disciplines of urban design, landscape architecture, and architecture.

The Italian Pavilion has organised the event as an opportunity to present and discuss some of the experiences already included in the research project Mapping Resilient Communities, while providing a platform for knowledge transfer and capacity development, especially in most vulnerable areas, in Italy and beyond, with the participation of UN-Habitat.

Friday 12 November

17th International Architecture Exhibition
Italian Pavilion

Italian Pavilion event
Italian Pavilion Facebook page


Italian case studies from:
URBACT – ANCI (Italian Association of Cities and Municipalities), presented by Simone d’Antonio,
Hortus Acri, presented by Pino Scaglione
Zen°Zero, presented by Flora La Sita and Vivian Celestino
La Chabrochanto, presented by Fabrizio Aimar with Lo Puy
Sub>Urban Reinventing the fringe, presented by Salvatore Napolitano and Annie Attademo
the Biennial of Public Space in Rome, presented by Pietro Garau, Italian Institute of Urban Planners (INU)

European perspectives:
Maurice Harteveld, TU Delft, Netherlands

American perspectives:
Jeffrey Carney and Carla Brisotto, Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience

Resilient Communities, short film competition
Film Festival Urban Visions. Beyond the Ideal City
promoted by Luisa Bravo, City Space Architecture and A-Place

Art and Creative Perspectives:
Jacek Ludwig Scarso, London Metropolitan University, CREATURE (The Centre for
Creative Arts, Culture and Engagement), United Kingdom

The Disappearance of Places, short film,
presented by Flavio Mancuso, Simeri Laboratorio Urbano

Mathias Spaliviero, Regional Office for Africa (ROAf),
United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)

Redefine the Role of the Architect
Comunità Resilienti is founded on the firm belief that architecture must make a significant contribution to improving the quality of life we ​​lead, providing adequate responses to the environmental and social changes of our time. The construction industry is responsible for the majority of CO2 emissions globally. The role of architecture in a broader sense, and even more so that of the architect, is therefore central in the fight against climate change. To counteract the unsustainability of cities and resources, it is essential to rethink the role of the architect by taking responsibility for a change that is, now more than ever, necessary.

Climate Crisis and Resilience
The Italian Pavilion 2021 is based on the belief that the climate crisis is the greatest challenge that humanity must face. The world of architecture has a responsibility to make its own contribution. The fact that the resources at our disposal are not infinite is well established. It promotes a radical rethinking of the urban fabric, to transform communities into open, virtuous, and resilient systems. Their ability to react to climate and social change is essential.

Theme: Community and Health
The community represents the minimum unit of intervention in which the social and spatial dimensions converge, replacing the concepts of city and building. In the community, resources, possibilities, and participation meet. New strategies for resilience can flourish here. For the radical spatial reconfiguration of the built environment. The Covid-19 pandemic has confirmed the relationship between the environmental crisis and disease. Professional practice and the training of the architect must be re-founded on the awareness of the inseparable link between ecology and health.

Comunita Resilienti

Production – La Biennale di Venezia
Curator Italian Pavilion – Alessandro Melis
Assistant Curator – Benedetta Medas
Universities, resilience agencies – Maurizio Carta and Paolo Di Nardo
Mapping Resilient Communities – Luisa Bravo, et al
with support of the Italian Ministry of Culture, and Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity (Ministero della Cultura, Direzione Generale Creatività Contemporanea, Italia)

partners event:
City Space Architecture
Mapping Resilient Communities
Sustainable Development Goals, promoted by UN-Habitat

Creativity, redundancy, and associative thinking play a central role in conceiving and reinventing the architecture of the future.
Comunita Resilienti

Resilient communities are organisms made up of webs of relationships, resources, opportunities, and perspectives. They are capable of implementing strategies capable of coping with the effects of climate change.

see also:
Shaping Resilient Communities

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