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It Takes A Micro-Village: A new understanding of the relationship between Socio-spatial Infrastructure and Equitable Resilience

Humanity’s values and priorities are reflected in the spatial organization of the environments we create and occupy. Yet ecological instability and societal inequity, intrinsic to the growth-prioritized societal model, demand an urgent shift in socio-spatial organization. In understanding that actionable investment is contingent not only on scientific consensus and political will, but also on psychosocial culture, this research endeavors to communicate the importance of linguistic and visual framing as crucial tactics capable of influencing culture away from a growth-prioritized organization, and towards a model which comprehends needs as an ecosystem of interdependent variables; an understanding necessary to effectively construct a more resilient paradigm of living. In order to ensure this new paradigm will facilitate equity, resilience must be understood from the bottom-up and assessed as Personal Operating Power [POP].

Based on these three understandings, this research proposes the following multi-scalar linguistic framing as a means of reconceiving our socio-spatial environments in an ecosystemic manner:

‘Micro-Village’: denotes the ecosystem at the personal / domicile scale

‘Macro-Village’: denotes an ecosystem at the community / regional scale;

a network of Micro-Villages, typically with spatial continuity

‘Multi-Village’: denotes an ecosystem of networked Macro-Villages

In addition, visual, diagrammatic communication has been developed based on insights from those subjugated under the growth-prioritized model, in an effort to facilitate comprehension of how one’s socio-spatial context intersects with a healthy ecosystem of needs, and can be used to facilitate bottom-up resilience, understood as POP.

This research strives to bridge the comprehension gap between scientific academia, community organizers, and the general public, providing tools of communication to help facilitate new framing strategies necessary to shift humanity’s socio-spatial organization to a model which promotes both ecological stability and societal equity.

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The resilient cycle network. The case study of Montesilvano

In recent years, in Montesilvano, the frequency of urban flooding resulting from extreme weather phenomena is strongly increasing. And it is precisely with reference to this phenomenon that the Research Convention between the Department of Architecture of Pescara and the Municipality of Montesilvano has inserted a line of investigation aimed at verifying whether between cycling networks, collection and management of meteoric water exists the possibility to establish a connection. Legislation, guidelines and best practices in his sector provide no useful indications. They are linked to a qualitative hypothesis whose priority in almost all cases focuses on creating the highest possible number of kilometres of safe, functional and intermodal cycling lanes. To identify operative references to the links between cycling lanes and stormwater management we must look at plans designed to contrast climate change. Many have a specific section dedicated to this theme: examples include Philadelphia, Copenhagen and Melbourne.
Their comparison reveals that improving stormwater management requires multiple actions. Principal actions include: breaking free of sector-specific logics, integrated projects for the spaces of the network and associated areas and the recognition of the importance of the relationship with context. In Montesilvano, marked by two parallel north-south axes (the Parkway and the Waterfront) and its five perpendicular east-west lines (Grandi alberghi, via Strasburgo, via Marinelli, via Torrente Piomba, Palaroma), the areas waiting for a project that can combine the mobility linked to the cycle network with the treatment and management of rainwater have been identified.

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