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Armed with the sole weapon of my research rationale, I’ve just started hunting for data on the web regarding different aspects of the arthquake relief process.

On the one hand, the italian events, in constant comparison with foreign perspectives. On the other one, all the factors contributing to the relief process: from the first minute interventions, communications, technologies, funding, mid and long terms processes.

Here below is what I’ve found out…

Data collection
Blank spots

Here the key insights at a first glance:

  1. Earthquake are consistent and severe, but not extraordinary in terms of losses or damages.
  2. Immediate communication and coordinations works fairly well under Protezione Civile lead.
  3. …but there is no current bottom-up communication standard.
  4. Info are fragmented and hand acquired
  5. Great progress have been made in reconstruction open datasets and accountability in some cases…
  6. …but Italy is one of the few “first world country” with no coordination for funds
  7. As a result, Church-owned heritage gets fixed extra fast
  8. …while private struggles to receive funding (requires projects proposal and approval from the public)

Next step will be build an infographic summarising the key findings, stay tuned!

Marco Maria Pedrazzo

Author Marco Maria Pedrazzo

I love to understand how things work, from technological engineering to social communities. I take on work enthusiastically and learn quickly. I love star wars and cats, but dogs are no problem. Most importantly, I love people. It’s a quite general statement but I do: I spend time understanding how they feel and think, believing it’s the only real way to solve problems. I am a trained architect and licensed engineer, with a focus on computation in design. My defining projects in this emergent field span humanitarian design (Open Source Emergency Shelter) to urban systems (Social Computation for urban mobility, with MIT Senseable City Lab). I graduated from the highly selective Alta Scuola Politecnica, and served as an active leader in polytechnic institutes and design schools on Smart Cities, strategy and UX. At the innovative architecture and technology studio Carlo Ratti Associati, I focused my work on creating transformative spatial experiences through design and technology.

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