Vol. 7 (2019): Territori fragili. Comunità, patrimonio, progetto
Science in action

Rischio sismico, ‘componente strutturale’ del territorio. Quali implicazioni?

Published December 27, 2019
  • urban seismic risk,
  • structural components of territories,
  • inland areas,
  • urban and territorial policies,
  • emergency policies
How to Cite
Di Salvo, G., Fazzio, F., Giuffrè, M., Parotto, R., & Pizzo, B. (2019). Rischio sismico, ‘componente strutturale’ del territorio. Quali implicazioni?. Scienze Del Territorio, 7, 137-148. https://doi.org/10.13128/sdt-10959


This paper is the result of a long-lasting research experience dedicated to topics related to urban seismic risk, addressed at promoting a radical shift towards an approach in which seismic risk, a fundamental feature of the best part of Italian territories, is no longer considered as an ‘unexpected’ event and may be included in the structural components every spatial planning choice should take into account. Emergency policies, which have always prevailed in Italy, besides being very controversial as for the decision making processes and the choices they generate, proved and still prove to be largely inefficient. Moreover, the 2016 earthquake in Central Italy is highlighting issues going far beyond the debate on reconstruction models. One concerns the future of several small towns in ‘inland areas’, already exposed to important depopulation and abandonment processes. Which are the possible scenarios? Which the reference models? How are decisions made? In a different view with respect to the dominant one, such territories represent a fundamental asset whose value, often underestimated, lays first of all in the support they offer to the overall territorial structure of the country. We reflect then on such topics taking the case of Accumoli (a small centre strongly hit by the Central Italy earthquake) as an example.


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