Exhibition “BUILT HERITAGE, EARTHQUAKES AND INNOVATION: Potentials for Prevention, Restoration and Reconstruction after Catastrophes”

BUILT HERITAGE, EARTHQUAKES AND INNOVATION: Potentials for Prevention, Restoration and Reconstruction after Catastrophes


FORUM Exhibition Room
Architecture Building
Technische Universität Berlin,
Strasse des 17. Juni 152,
10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg

Reconstruction and management of built heritage after catastrophes have in recent time exceeded the technical dimension of building techniques and financing to include social, cultural and environmental elements, thus turning into a complex, multidimensional challenge. While the actions of reconstruction attempt a response to the immediate needs for housing and infrastructure through construction methods of rapid development, several other issues arise in dealing with damaged built heritage assets such as the appropriateness of restoration and reconstruction of urban fabric and buildings, its social acceptance, its cultural pertinence and its comprehensive sustainability.

The work here presented explores current architectural strategies and procedures after a catastrophic event, in particular earthquakes, which need to be able to cope with the growing cultural, historical, economic and environmental complexities. This is the result of collaborative research and teaching activities in Universities in Italy, Chile and Germany regarding emergency responses, restoration and reconstruction facing catastrophes in historic cities or heritage areas.

 Open from Monday, December 2nd to Friday, December 20th, 2013
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00-20:00

Vernissage: Friday, December 06th, 2013. 18:30                   

Works by
Politecnico di Milano, Italy / Dipartimento di Architettura e Planificazione
Università degli Studi di Catania, Italy / Dipartimento di Architettura (DARC) , SDS Architettura Siracusa
Politecnico di Torino, Italy / Dipartimento Interateneo di Scienze, Progetto e Politiche del Territorio (DIST)
Universidad de Concepción, Chile / Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Geografía
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile / Escuela de Arquitectura

Hosted by
Technische Universität Berlin
School VI Planning Building Environment
Department of Architecture
Habitat Unit
Chair of International Urbanism and Design
Professor Dr. Philipp Misselwitz

© Habitat Unit_ TU Berlin

© Habitat Unit_ TU Berlin