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Macrosession 7. Interaction between adaptiveness and uncertainity

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Committee: Claudia Cassatella (Politecnico di Torino – DIST), Teresa Colletta (Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”), Anat Falbel (EAHN Urban Representation Working Group, University of Rio de Janeiro), David Graham Shane (Columbia University GSAAP, USA), Mauro Volpiano (Politecnico di Torino – DAD).

Reporting: Francesca Governa (Politecnico di Torino – DIST).

Adapting to change seems to have become a necessity that affects everyone. However, this necessity has always pervaded the unfolding of urban life, especially in situations of marginality, precariousness and uncertainty. Beyond the effects of specific global events and macro-scale structures, precarity and uncertainty always inhabit urban life both in the Global North and in the Global South. Being precarious is a continuous search of normality, unfolding the adaptation of people to urban life and, at the same time, the adaptation of the city to people's life through the continuous infrastructural making and remaking and the continuous redefinition and re-meaning of urban spaces.

Demographic fluctuations also produce uncertainty. They have shaped the history of cities and regions and fostered some crisis. Both urbanisation and decrease of population create a sense of precarity. Nowadays, along with the growth of population at global scale, an increasing number of OECD Countries is facing population decline. Shrinkage is expected to affect not only marginal areas, but even city regions.

The macrosession will deal with both these issues and will include, but it will not be limited to: