L’Aquila, 14th of April 2009?
We hope that, once the emergency and emotional wave of these days have been overcome, the reconstruction of L’Aquila and of the other towns which were struck by the earthquake begin quickly and in the best of ways possible. It will be a huge challenge for all project disciplines; a challenge which, if carried on with the right intentions, presents exceptional and highly risky characteristics we feel the urge to reflect upon.
Thus, as the debris is being cleared up, we project-builders – architects, urban architects, industrial designers, graphic designers – feel the need to share some reflections and expose them to the attention of those who will be responsible for such difficult decisions, hoping that they will be useful in helping them make the right decisions.
Fabrizio M. Rossi, graphic designer
Bruno Marini, architect
Sandra Antonelli, illustrator
Hereunder you can read the open letter we elaborated for the collection of signatures, hoping in your adhesion.
A letter for reconstruction
to the Regione Abruzzo President, Gianni Chiodi
to the Provincia di L’Aquila President, Stefania Pezzopane?
to the L’Aquila Mayor, Massimo Cialente?
to the Mayors of all towns struck by the earthquake??
Memory feeds projects; projects guide activity.
The earthquake which devastated L’Aquila and its’ province will be a hard test for memory. ?
The memory we are speaking about constitutes not only of well-known monuments, of which there were so many in L’Aquila: it is represented by urban life and texture, which interact so deeply that they determine each other, as unrepeatable signs of time and space.?
Reconstruction: of course, this is the project. The problem is not the actual activity, but its’ modality. L’Aquila’s monuments will be rebuilt perfectly, we are certain of this. The problem is precisely the reconstruction of the urban texture and lifestyle, with all the relations it will have to consider with the past in order to project itself toward the future. ?
All project disciplines, from urban architecture to architecture, from landscape design to industrial design to graphic design, are to intervene simultaneously to obtain such a complex and impossible to ignore objective, thus giving adequate answers to the exceptional nature of the event and to the reconstruction’s complexity.
This simultaneous approach to reconstruction should indeed be stimulated and governed starting from the collection of information (“the memory shelf”), passing through the simultaneous work of diverse methodological approaches (“the qualified work group”), up to the analysis and documentation regarding the reconstruction (“the rebirth observatory”).??
We truly hope that the legislator decides that, in the case of this reconstruction, memory may be respected by favouring the collection and sharing of information. ?
We hope that such activities start as soon as possible so as to avoid that memories become a nostalgic celebration, and instead are fixed in a shared history, the basis of any project.
We hope that starting from such a basis, economic aid translates into functional, aesthetic and thus existential quality.
We hope that in the restoration of the historical centre, the adopted philological methods respects previous pre-existing typologies.
We hope that the building of new zones takes place by actively involving the local community, respecting the urban memory and in such a way that helps the rebuilding of local communities.
Thus we ask for:
AIAP (Associazione Italiana Progettazione per la Comunicazione Visiva)
ADI (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale)?
AIPi (Associazione Italiana Progettisti d'Interni)
ADCI (Art Directors Club Italia)
AI (Associazione Illustratori)
UNICOM (Unione nazionale imprese di comunicazione)
TP (Associazione Italiana Pubblicitari Professionisti)
Fondazione Mazzotta, Milano
Rencontres Internationales de Lure, France
Costa Picenze, L’Aquila, prima del terremoto (zona sveva, centro storico). Foto di Fabrizio M. Rossi.
21 April 2014