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Living with Earthquakes Conference 2017: towards a model for Amandola and the Marche region

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The city of Amandola, in the Marche region of Italy, suffered a series of earthquakes in 2016. They were of unusual length, and affected an extensive area, resulting in the loss of a significant amount of cultural heritage.

The issues thrown up by earthquakes illustrate the ways many aspects of architecture are embraced in the questions that have to be addressed in reconstruction. The aim of a conference held on 24 - 25th October 2017 – promoted by Jesus College, University of Cambridge, and Università Politecnica delle Marche, and supported by the Intellectual Forum at Jesus College, the Comune of Amandola, the Cambridge Italian Research Network, and the British-Italian Society - was to establish a larger scale strategy for the prevention of damage in the future, that ensures the sustainable rebuilding of communities, and the recording and analysis of cultural heritage.

A Memorandum of Understanding between University of Cambridge and Università Politecnica delle Marche was signed on 25th October, and joint research and teaching projects are planned over the next three years.