Resilient places and spaces

Paola Rizzi
4th december 2014

How to define the scale of a detail? What does it mean to an architect and an urbanist? What are the consequences of treating the context of the natural environment as “mere detail”? The lesson poses these questions in the context of natural disasters and catastrophes as well as attempts to elaborate designing methods which would make it possible to create places, spaces, towns and cities being resilient to the results of tragic events that take their toll in densely populated areas more and more frequently. Natural endangerments as well as those caused by man are underestimated too often. In the densely populated world, frequent catastrophes are sometimes treated as something normal. For this reason, we can no longer avoid the design and construction of spaces and places which take them into account: dual places – spaces facilitating a relation and a change so as to face a shock and raise the resilience level. For, by making imaginative use of change to channel change, we cannot only spare ourselves the trauma of future shocks, we can reach out and humanize distant tomorrows [Toffler, 1973].