Cities in Crisis: Emergency Measures in Architecture and Urbanism, 1400-1700

  • Beginn: 06.09.2018 13:00
  • Ende: 07.09.2018 15:00
  • Ort: Villino Stroganoff, Via Gregoriana 22, 00187 Rom
  • Gastgeber: Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte
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Cities in Crisis: Emergency Measures in Architecture and Urbanism, 1400-1700
This interdisciplinary Study Day will focus on how early modern cities responded to or attempted to anticipate social or health crises by repurposing structures, constructing temporary shelters or buildings, or adapting urban spaces in the context of emergencies. These include, but are not limited to, disease outbreaks, displacement, migrations, wars, natural disasters, famines, etc. Over the centuries, these interventions have taken various forms, such as lazzaretti, temporary military barracks, makeshift refuges, and quarantine or segregation zones, among many others.

This two-day event will begin with presentations by researchers and practitioners investigating contemporary crisis architecture, immediately inviting participants to consider the implications of these issues today. Transitioning to historical issues, speakers will approach the topic from diverse methodological perspectives and cover a wide geographic range, stimulating discussion on different cultural approaches to crisis architecture and urban responses to emergencies. Some papers will also investigate the notion of risk, specifically in terms of how anticipation of and preparation for crises shaped architecture and urban planning. Moving away from a study of architecture focused on monumentality and magnificence, the goal of this Study Day is to promote discussion on how emergency structures embodied and responded to disruptive scenarios, shaping urbanscapes in the early modern period. Scientific Organizers Danielle Abdon (Bibliotheca Hertziana; Temple University) and Margaret Bell (University of California- Santa Barbara; Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz) *This event will be live streamed at

Thursday, September 6, 2018

8:00 a.m.
Tristan Weddigen
Bibliotheca Hertziana

Danielle Abdon and Margaret Bell
Bibliotheca Hertziana, Temple University; University of California—Santa Barbara, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz Introduction

I. Crisis Architecture Today
Esther Charlesworth
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

9:30 Break

10:30 Walking Tour of Rome with Stalker
Meeting Point: Piramide Metro Station

13:30 Break

II. Urban Crises: Now and Then
Moderator: Morgan Ng

14:30 Philine Helas Bibliotheca Hertziana "…per Roma l’acqua sua spandendo": The floods of the Tiber during the XV and XVI centuries

15:30 Break

III. Architectures of Displacement
Respondent: Fabrizio Nevola

16:00 Iacopo Benincampi
Università di Roma-Sapienza
The 'New' City of Cervia: An Urban Deal between Public Health, Industrial
Activities and Social Emergency

Danielle Abdon
Bibliotheca Hertziana, Temple University
From Tents to Urban Ornaments: Sheltering the Local and Foreign Poor
in Early Modern Venice

Maria Teresa Gigliozzi
Università di Macerata
In fieri: The Continuous Adaptation of Norcia to the Seismic Activity over the Centuries Friday

September 7, 2018
IV. Urban Control in Times of Crisis (Part I)
Respondent: Gauvin Alexander Bailey

9:00 Anita Ruso
Sveučilišta u Zagrebu
The Republic of Dubrovnik after 1667: Strategies for Rebuilding the City

Nuno Grancho DINÂMIA'CET - IUL The Sieges of Diu and the Architecture and Urbanism of the Colonial City

10:20 Break

V. Urban Control in Times of Crisis (Part II)
Respondent: Gauvin Alexander Bailey

10:50 Narciss M. Sohrabi
Université Paris Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense
Emergent New Julfa: Emergency Measures in the Crisis Architecture or Socio-Cultural Resistance in the Early Modern Urbanism of Iran

Kristen Streahle
Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz
Inquisition Architecture in the Kingdom of Aragón and its Territories: Painted Petitions in the Aljafería of Zaragoza and the Steri of Palermo

12:30 Break

VI. Disease and Hospitality Respondent: Ann Carmichael

13:30 Britta Hentschel
Universität Liechtenstein
Crisis and Control: Keeping Tabs on the Urban Development in Early Modern France

Isabel Ruiz Garnelo
Universitat de València
The Insufficient Hospitality in Early Modern Rome: The Cases of the Crown of Aragon

Darka Bilić
Centar Cvito Fisković
Plague Control Measures in Early Modern Split and Distinctive Role of its Lazaretto

15:30 Break

VII. Final Discussion: Urban Crises from a Historical Perspective
Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Ann Carmichael, Esther Charlesworth, and Fabrizio Nevola

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