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Mariano Gesualdi - XXVIII cycle


Mariano Gesualdi is a 31 year-old landscape designer. He obtained a Master's Degree in Urban and Landscape Planning and Design (class 54/s) in 2011 at the University of Florence, with a thesis on the relationship between regional vulnerability and risk prevention strategies, with a special focus on seismic risks. In 2012 he begun a PhD in Architecture, in the field of Urban and Landscape Planning and Design (Cycle XXVIII), thus continuing his research on topics regarding the safeguarding of the territory from environmental risks, extreme natural disasters and disaster management.


Environmental planning, prevention, mitigation, environmental risks, resilience and adaptation strategies, emergency management, strategies for reducing regional vulnerability


Abstract of the dissertation

Title: Adapting to change. Resilience practices for regional planning.

In the past few years we have witnessed with increasing frequency the occurrence of environmental events that until recently would have been considered extreme, or at least extraordinary, but which today have become commonplace.

The responses in terms of the safeguarding of the territory are often inefficient, either because the region is subjected to a stress that is beyond its resilience capacities, or else because after each calamitous event the regional vulnerability does not only increase but also transforms, diversifies, and becomes more complex. The consequence is an increasingly fragile territory with a civil society facing greater degrees of risk.

Inquiring into the fields which concern environmental variables in planning, the research aims to study the contribution of adaptation and resilience strategies for the safeguarding of the territory, both from environmental and regional risks, and from the effects of climate change, which often operate in synergy with a context that has already been enfeebled by infamous historical urbanization processes and foolish management practices.

From the definition of a theoretical/conceptual framework based upon the concept of resilience and of its application to regional planning, research is carried out through a comparative methodology which considers certain case studies such as Rotterdam and Copenhagen, and their respective climate adaptation plans, attempting in doing so to point out what are their innovative contributions to the safeguarding of the territory in terms of policies and tools that in turn offer new elements for in-depth research into the field.
last update: 22-Mar-2016
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