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Knowledge Exchange Between Authorities, Population, and Universities in Accumoli


On April 11, more than sixty people attended a meeting between the population of Accumoli, the relevant authorities, political leaders, and several universities. The focus of the meeting was the exchange of knowledge on the use of innovative and inclusive strategies for resilience to natural disasters, incorporating expertise from various fields such as cultural heritage, health, and infrastructure.

April 20th, 2024

The Study Day was organized by Essex University and Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge). Professors and students from India's CEPT University, University of Massachusetts, University of Southern California, University of Baltimore, North Carolina State University, Istanbul University (İstanbul Üniversitesi), Sapienza University of Rome, and the University for Continuing Education Krems participated. Led by Professor Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco, a stimulating discussion took place between the research institutions and local bodies. … CONTINUE

From September 18 to 22, 2023, in the earthquake-ravaged central Italian town of Accumoli, over 40 students, educators, and doctoral candidates worked on the conceptual basis for the comprehensive reconstruction of the town as part of the Erasmus+ project "Complex Participatory Reconstruction of Urban Structures" (Acronym ComPaRe).

September 22nd, 2023

Collective knowledge about the appearance of the town before the earthquake, one of the results of the project seminar, is considered a relevant knowledge foundation alongside archives. The project is led by the Research Lab for Sustainable Built Cultural Heritage at the University for Continuing Education Krems. It develops teaching methods and didactic tools for dealing with the complex reconstruction of destroyed historical centers. … CONTINUE

Accademia Vicino di Accumoli 2023: The Research Lab Sustainable Cultural Heritage organized the Music Academy in cooperation with the Art in Dialogue association, in collaboration with the cities of Accumoli and Norcia, as well as other local partners.

August 31st, 2023

To drive the comprehensive reconstruction of the earthquake-devastated town of Accumoli, the award-winning orchestra academy "Accademia Vicino di Accumoli" was once again organized in 2023 by the Research Lab Sustainable Cultural Heritage at the University for Continuing Education Krems in collaboration with the Art in Dialogue association and local partners, including the municipalities of Accumoli and Norcia. In addition to nurturing young musical talents, concerts and events provided opportunities to promote regional unity.. … CONTINUE

Europe State Prize for International Orchestra Academy: The project "Accademia Vicino di Accumoli" of the Department of Construction and Environment was awarded the Europe State Prize on June 14, 2022.

June 17th, 2022

During a festive event in the Sofiensälen in Vienna, Karoline Edtstadler, Federal Minister for the EU and Constitution, awarded this year's Europe State Prize on June 14, 2022. From a total of 143 submissions, the best projects in five different categories - "Europe at School", "Europe in the Community", "Arts and Culture", "Innovation and Digitization" and "Future of Europe" - received the coveted prize. The "Accademia Vicino di Accumoli" project was successful in the "Arts and Culture" category. … CONTINUE

Rieti Mountain Agriculture Funds

Arrive from the Lazio Region


February 6th, 2022

The project "Accumoli 2030 for sustainable agriculture" financed by the Lazio Region and conceived by the "Radici accumolesi" association, the design will see the execution of activities for the rediscovery of mountain agriculture with the help of universities, associations and farms.

Radio Ö1 Intrada - Portraits of Austrian Musicians

Accademia Vicino - Comprehensive Reconstruction

November 26th, 2021


In 2016 and 2017, central Italy was hit by a series of earthquakes that left numerous lives. Under the direction of the Danube University Krems, the villages around the municipality of Accumoli in the Lazio region are to be rebuilt as part of an international and interdisciplinary initiative by various universities. However, not only restoration and reconstruction are at the center of the initiative, but also the revitalization of the social and cultural structures of village life.


In order to revive this community, the initiators established an orchestral academy with a music festival, the “Accademia Vicino Accumoli”. Michaela Schierhuber spoke to Christian Hanus, Head of the Department for Building and Environment at Danube University Krems, and Johannes Wildner, Head of the Orchestra Academy, about the project.

How Villages are Being Revitalized in Italy

July 4th, 2021


The exhibition "BORGOALIVE! - #SmartNeighbourhood" deals with the revitalization of Italy's villages on the occasion of the Venice Biennale. The show shows until 21. November 2021 the "Scuola di Ricostruzione Accumoli" and its services for the reconstruction of destroyed villages.

Italy's revitalized villages in the focus of the Biennale Architettura 2021 in Venice

BORGOALIVE! - #SmartNeighbourhood

May 31st, 2021

Krems (OTS) - The exhibition “BORGOALIVE! - #SmartNeighbourhood “deals with the revitalization of Italy's villages on the occasion of the Venice Biennale. Curated by the architect Roberto Pirzio-Biroli and organized by the Concilio Europeo dell’Arte, the show will run until November 21, 2021 at the Scuola di Ricostruzione Accumoli, initiated by the Department for Building and Environment at the University of Krems for Continuing Education. … CONTINUE

A report on the local situation in Accumoli:

Austrian TV broadcaster ORF Visits the Reconstruction School in Accumoli

October 21, 2020

In the Accumoli Reconstruction School, eight universities and research institutions from five countries work under the leadership of Danube University Krems on the issues relating to the reconstruction of Accumoli. An ORF team (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) accompanied Univ.-Prof. Dipl.Arch.ETH Dr. Christian Hanus, Dean of the Faculty of Education, Art and Architecture at Danube University Krems, to Italy to report on the local situation. ... CONTINUE

Follow-up report on the seminar "Lightweight architecture made of membranes and wood":

Design Examples for a New Construction Method for Accumoli: Robust, Sustainable and Ecological

October 6, 2020

From 15.-17. June 2020 the online seminar "Lightweight architecture made of membranes and wood" took place. The aim of the seminar was to present a construction method for the city of Accumoli - which was badly damaged by earthquakes in 2016 and 2017 - and its residents, which is robust, sustainable and ecological and which enables high architectural quality through transparency and lightness. ... CONTINUE

Module week about Accumoli and its cultural landscape – an urban requalification:

Reactivation of Potentials

September 8, 2020

From 8.-13. June 2020 module 6 of the 12th year of the course "Renovation and Revitalization, MSc" on the topic of "Revitalization Concepts" took place online for the first time - due to the COVID-19 situation. The task of the participants was to discover the potentials of the city of Accumoli, which was badly destroyed by several earthquakes in 2016 and 2017, in connection with the surrounding landscape. ... CONTINUE

A new book on the reconstruction of Accumoli has been published by Thomas Empler (La Sapienza University of Rome):

Assessment and Earthquake Reconstruction: Researches and Methods.
Working on Accumoli

June 15, 2020

Aim of the research is to identify methods and operational references at different scales, urban and territorial, to be applied to territories affected by earthquakes, useful for defining prevention and reconstruction strategies. In particular, activity focuses on Accumoli, placed in the central part of Italy, and takes concrete form in construction of a pilot program for reconstruction, defining integrated and coordinated reconstruction actions based on resilience of affected areas, with three specific features ... CONTINUE

Published in: KGS forum No. 34/2020

The Role of Baukultur within Post-Disaster Reconstruction - On the Foundation of the “School of Reconstruction” in Accumoli 

June 5, 2020

The internationally renowned trade journal "KGS Forum" is published by the Department of Cultural Property Protection of the Federal Office for Civil Protection (BABS) of the Swiss Confederation. The current issue is devoted to the topic "Building culture and cultural property protection" (No. 34/2020). From page 24, Christian Hanus describes the objectives, structure and activities of the Scuola di ricostruzione di Accumoli. Reference is also made to the inauguration ceremony on November 12, 2019. ... CONTINUE

Published on:; Issue 3-2020

La Scuola della Ricostruzione di Accumoli

March 31, 2020

Since the earthquakes in central Italy in 2016, places like Amatrice and Accumoli have been waiting for reconstruction. The Danube University Krems is now an important example of the revitalization of small towns, especially in the social area. ... CONTINUE


Memorandum of Understanding between Danube University Krems, Accumoli Municipality and partner universities

November 18th 2019


During a ceremony on November 12, Rector Friedrich Faulhammer signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the Scuola di Ricostruzione di Accumoli in Accumoli, Italy for the Danube University Krems. The school, coordinated by Danube University Krems, bundles the activities of the university partners from Italy, Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. The goal is to rebuild the central Italian city of Accumoli, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 2016/17. The reconstruction school also serves research and teaching. ... CONTINUE

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