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Lack of spatial resilience in a recovery process: Case L'Aquila, Italy

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Diana Maria Contreras Mojica



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The lack of coordination between government agencies, involvement of the collaboration networks existing in the community, and incorporation of spatial planning in the location of the new settlements around L'Aquila (Italy) after the 2009 earthquake has delayed reconstruction of the city centre. The displaced population was relocated to 19 new settlements. These new settlements are characterized by a lack of urban facilities. The aim of this paper was to analyze the relationship between urban facilities, collaboration networks and lack of spatial resilience in the recovery process in L'Aquila. Specifically, we focused on the preferences of inhabitants to search for alternative housing sites to the settlements they were originally relocated to, as a proxy for dissatisfaction in the new settlements around L'Aquila. Our approach consisted of three steps: 1) fieldwork, 2) survey and 3) correlation/regression analysis. The results demonstrated a strong relationship where preference to search for another housing site decreases with increasing number of urban facilities in the settlement and increases with travel distance to the urban core of L'Aquila. We can conclude that the allocation of facilities was oriented to supply basic services, but neglected other needs of the community during the recovery process, which reduces its resilience.

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Author(s): Contreras D, Blaschke T, Hodgson M

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Technological Forecasting and Social Change

Year: 2017

Volume: 121

Pages: 76-88

Print publication date: 01/08/2017

Online publication date: 15/01/2017

Acceptance date: 22/12/2016

Date deposited: 18/03/2019

ISSN (print): 0040-1625

ISSN (electronic): 1873-5509

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2016.12.010


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Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team
DK W 1237-N23