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EAUH Conference 2018


Session M15 - Vulnerability and Resilience in the City Landscape: Domes, Bell Towers and 'Emerging' Architecture as Visual Poles and Signs of Urban Memory from 15th to 19th Century

Coordinators: Alfredo Buccaro (, Valentina Russo (

Read Session abstractThe session aims at bringing to the attention of scholars on those issues concerning the vulnerability - aesthetic, functional and structural - of the 'emerging' elements of the historical buildings, as tangible signs of urban identity and of landscape of European historic centers expecially since Modern Age.
As some recent Italian earthquakes have evidenced (L’Aquila, 2009; Emilia Romagna, 2012; Abruzzo and Umbria, 2016-2017), many historical buildings or parts of them, although having a significant role in the formation and expression of urban image, are highly vulnerable, posing risks not only to physical safety but also to collective memory. In fact around such visual poles, as authentic topoi of the city skyline, social values, shared by centuries, aggregate themselves and they are translated into landscape signs from different cultures during the community history: these are important key-elements in the urban formation process, a long life collective project in which - as pointed out by Michael Jakob – “citizens perpetually redefine their relationship with nature and territory”.
By the response these symbols of urban history are able to offer to seismic or hydrological events it largely depends the preservation of urban landscape image in the context of identity and community cultural values.
The proposed session wants to encourage the widest possible debate on sources and on methodologies of historiographical and iconographic analysis, of traditional building techniques, of restoration over the centuries useful to pursue the most appropriate contemporary strategies to preserve and to enhance these signs of urban memory.
Among the main topics that can be addressed in the papers, we identify the following ones:
- Historiographic and iconographic sources for identification and study of urban aggregation poles;
- Design and structure of the 'emerging architectures' in the formation of the historic urban landscape;
- Historical methodologies for domes’ building;
- The meaning of the spiers and of bell towers in the urban image;
- Theoretical and technical contributions for conservation and protection of the 'invariant' signs of urban identity.

Keywords: 'emerging' architecture; urban landscape; collective memory; vulnerability

Friday 31st August 2018
  Room 02 09.00-10.30, 11.00-12.30, 14.00-15.30



The Kremlin Сolossus - The Ivan the Great Bell Tower in the urban landscape and in the public perception (19 - early 20th century)
Tatiana Atamuratova

La région du Salnés: les événements religieux et laïques comme moyen d’organisation urbaine
Alicia Padin

Innovative strategies for the interpretation of masonry domes. A research project about 15th and 16th built heritage in Naples and Campania.
Valentina Russo, Alfredo Buccaro

The complex of San Giovanni a Carbonara in Naples as visual and memorial core of the Renaissance city: the case of the domes of the Caracciolo del Sole and di Vico chapels through their origins, transformations and conservation
Andrea Pane

Roman influences in the architecture of Neapolitan domes at the end of the 16th century
Salvatore di Liello

Ten Neapolitan churches behind to Decumano Superior: from pagan and Christian acropolis to university-hospital region
Francesca Capano

The Restorations of the beginning of the Twentieth Century of the ‘Sala del Trionfo’ in Castel Nuovo, Naples
Raffaele Amore

Towards the conservation of vulnerable architectures along the Amalfi Coast: majolica-cladded domes in historic urban images
Damiana Treccozzi

Civic towers in the Medieval Urban Landscape: Architectures as a symbol of Resilience?
Silvia Beltramo

Progettazione e struttura nella formazione del paesaggio urbano-storico Val di Noto (1693) e Valle del Belice (1968), due esperienze a confronto
Sara Isgro

The Bell Towers of Amatrice between memory, resilience, and denial
Francesco Gangemi, Rossana Torlontano

Gaspare Massimo Ventimiglia

The civic tower of Arquata del Tronto: a symbol of rebirth from the earthquake ruins
Enrica Petrucci

“Une statue gigantesque”. Visibility and meanings of the dome of the Parisian Panthéon between degradations and urban image
Bianca Gioia Marino

The reintegration of the urban landscape: the bell tower of Chiesa Matrice in Noci.
Emilia Pellegrino, Piernicola Cosimo Intini, Pietro Intini

Early tallest public Building Design inspired by the Italian medieval Towers ‘outside of Italy’ between the 19th and 20th Century
Ewa Kawamura

Signs of urban identity in Terra d’Otranto cities from 15th to 19th century. A contribution to historical research and issues about conservation practices.
Julia Puretti

A sign in the ibleo landscape: the facade-tower of the church of Santa Maria delle Stelle in Comiso (Ragusa). Historical events, vulnerability and conservation strategies
Giovanni Gatto, Gaspare Massimo Ventimiglia