The Reclaimed City. Islands of resilience in the urban archipelago. "Temporary Use" and transformation in emergency conditions

Nicola Marzot*

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The crisis resulting from the effects of the pandemic has revealed more than just a financial impact, but also the inability of our cities to react to pressing changes that cannot be postponed. Only a portion of this can be traced back to the structural inertia in modifying a social framework founded on automatisms that involve both action (pràxis) and production (poiesis). The primary cause can be found in the deontic function of the Plan and its regulatory corollaries. In this restrictive context, the need for intervention in emergency conditions in our country required a dangerous dependence on the "state of exception". Some pioneering practices nevertheless demonstrated the existence of effective alternatives to extraordinary measures, legitimising the pre-eminence of the culture of design in urban transformation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-141
Number of pages9
JournalFestival dell'Architettura Magazine
Issue number52-53
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Crisis
  • Practices
  • Resilience

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