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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2019/2020
Tipo incarico Dottorato
Docente Oteri Annunziata Maria
Cfu 5.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Dottorato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento

Programma dettagliato e risultati di apprendimento attesi

Within the interdisciplinary Workshop on Territorial Fragilities, which focuses on the small town of Sulmona (Abruzzo), the PhD Course in Preservation of Cultural Heritage gives PhD students the opportunity to study a specific aspect, out of the many aspects involved, in the re-launch of small historical towns in marginal areas. In particular, the main purpose is to study the relationship between the progressive and rapid depopulation of Sulmona and the lack of material and immaterial values of cultural heritage which, on the contrary, should be considered a resource by local communities.

The programme originates from an evident fact that has already been underlined by local scholars: the small town, which until 1990 has had a significant demographic increase, has been considerably losing inhabitants in the last twenty years, particularly in the historical city centre. The phenomenon increased after the 2009 earthquake. After the dramatic event, the idea that historical buildings did not satisfy the minimum standards of seismic safety arose among inhabitants, but not only in Sulmona.

Starting from this consideration and from a study of the reasons which causes depopulation, the workshop aims at studying the effects of the phenomenon on built cultural heritage, but also the way how local communities today look upon this heritage. Actually, this aspect is considered highly relevant for any possible future strategy to hinder depopulation, based on the idea of cultural heritage as a resource.

The workshop is organized into three phases:

In the first phase, to be carried out at the Polytechnic of Milan, PhD students will be involved in a cycle of seminars by experts of the topic. Seminars will be useful to acquire a general background to face the on-site work in the second phase. In particular, in the first part of the workshop the activities of PhD students are:

 - to study the economic, social, anthropological reasons of the depopulation of the studied area (in this phase the contribution of the PhD course in Urban Planning, Design and Policy is important);

- to assess the conditions of architectural heritage in the studied area, the possible damage suffered during the 2009 earthquake (in collaboration with the University of Chieti-Pescara and with the territorial authorities and offices in charge in the area);

- to identify proper methodologies to assess the state of conservation of architectural heritage in relation to its seismic vulnerability.

The aim of this phase is to define a method of analyses which highlights the relationship between the conditions of architectural heritage in the phase of abandonment and the progressive lack of value of this heritage from the point of view of the inhabitants.

The second phase, which includes the on-site work, deals with the application of the method defined in the previous phase to some areas of the historical city centre which will be selected as a case-study. In this phase, the local community, but also the offices in charge of development and preservation of the territory, will be involved.

In particular, working from the results achieved in the first phase, PhD students will undertake the following activities:

- to define a “map of qualities” of urban and architectural heritage, which intersects pre-defined criteria to assess the “values” of the territory with the inner and triggered vulnerability of this heritage. Rather than underline negative aspects, on the contrary, the purpose is to highlight the role of built heritage as a resource for future strategies.

The third phase involves the assessment and elaboration of the data gathered during the on-site work. It also includes presentation of the results in a public seminar (in collaboration with the other PhD courses involved in the initiative), and the publication of the final report.

PhD students will elaborate a “Community map”, not to be intended as a mere inventory of valuable historical buildings and sites, but as a more complex tool in which values assigned to built heritage are correlated with the degree of seismic safety which inhabitants perceive and also with the real conditions of built heritage assessed during the on-site work.

Therefore, the map is conceived as a platform which gathers well-structured data; it is conceived as a first screening of the condition of the historical city centre of Sulmona, based on the perception of those who live in the area, realized in collaboration with offices who are in charge of protection and development of the territory (local administration, superintendence for architectural heritage, and so on). The map is not a tool for project, but a collection of information which is useful for programming future strategies to hinder the phenomenon of depopulation.

PhD students will apprehend a theoretical background and proper methods to assess physical, social and cultural vulnerability of cultural heritage. Seminars will provide a theoretical background on the main topics of the workshop and the tools to elaborate the practical work, step by step. Students will also practice the acquired knowledge in relation to some specific cases study. They also will apprehend how to face the problems which could occur in relation to the topic of vulnerability of cultural heritage.

Note Sulla Modalità di valutazione

PhD Students work will be assessed both in relation to practical activity during the workshop and the results of the final presentation and report

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On 5th, 6th, and 7th February an intensive workshop will be held at the Polytechnic of Milan. The workshop, which will involve the PhD students of the three PhD courses included in the project, will be organized in seminars (in the morning) and practical work (in the afternoon). Seminars focus on shared topics dealing with: representation of the territory (Community maps, and so on); different meanings of the idea of vulnerability; strategies for reconstruction (also regarding the awareness of local communities in relation to catastrophic events).


Between February and March, on Friday (dates to define), the following seminars are programmed: 


Claudio Varagnoli, University “G. D’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara,

Practices for the recovery of abandoned small towns. Some experiences in Abruzzo


Claudia Genitti, Special Office for the reconstruction within the Crater of L’Aquila

Plans for reconstruction: Strategies and open questions


Donatella Fiorani, University of Rome “La Sapienza”

Tools for Conservation management of Historical city centres


Vincenzo Petrini, Polytechnic of Milan

The assessment of seismic vulnerability: historical background and open questions


Paolo Faccio, Iuav

An Expeditious method of seismic risk assessment and management in historical city centre. The case of Civita di Bagnoregio


Monica Musolino, University of Messina

Social vulnerability and damage perception: methodological issues


In the same period, basing on the indication of the workshop teaching staff, PhD students will elaborate the preparatory documentation useful for the workshop in Sulmona.


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Possibilità di sostenere l'esame in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di supporto didattico in lingua inglese

Note Docente
References will be specified during the Workshop.
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