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Macrosession 8. The impact of the crisis

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Committee: Anat Falbel (EAHN Urban Representation Working Group, University of Rio de Janeiro), Andrea Maglio (Università di Napoli Federico II), Tatiana Mazali (Politecnico di Torino – DIST), Sara Monaci (Politecnico di Torino – DIST), Peter Stabel (European Association for Urban History (EAUH), University of Antwerp), Donatella Strangio (Università di Roma La Sapienza).

Reporting: Donatella Strangio (Università di Roma La Sapienza).

The crisis affecting the physical and social space immediately provokes various kinds of effects, needs and reactions and disclose human and spatial vulnerabilities. Crisis can be provoked by health, economic, natural disasters, wars or terror. However, in all these situations they create urgency in society, groups, buildings, and modify lifestyles. During times of crisis cities, we are forced to adapt as well as some buildings and infrastructures and temporary services are implemented. This need generates a stress in society following the reactions, the forms of adaptations or oppositions to the forms of social control.

Furthermore, during the crisis and beyond, perceptions and representations of the impact of the crisis on social and physical space generate imagery and narratives that constitute important keys for different kinds of analysis of urban vulnerability and interpretations at different period from various disciplinary perspectives. They also allow us to investigate some effects of disease and how different forms of adaptation or non-adatation impact cities.

More specifically the macrosession will include (but it will be limited to):