Since the earthquake series in central Italy in the years 2016-17, a number of universities and research institutions have dealt with questions relating to the reconstruction of the destroyed cities in their teaching and research activities. A Scuola di Ricostruzione (School of Reconstruction) was set up in the city of Accumoli in order to bundle, network and further develop all these activities.
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 Scuola di Riscostruzione di Accumoli also serves research and teaching.
The school is operated by the partner institutions in cooperation with the responsible political and regulatory authorities, local planners and the affected population.
On a hill above the destroyed old town, the Comune di Accumoli provides the premises of the Scuola di Ricostruzione in a newly built, earthquake-proof wooden construction. In addition to being used for teaching and research purposes by the partner institutions, tourist activities are also planned here. Accommodation should also be built in the immediate vicinity of the school to support the reconstruction school in its overall functionality.
For an effective and sustainable reconstruction of earthquake-damaged locations, the far-reaching socio-cultural connections in the overall context must be taken into account. Thanks to its transdisciplinary research approach, which combines disciplines, basic research, application and society, Danube University Krems is well prepared for its tasks as coordinator of the "School of Reconstruction".
The experience gained in the reconstruction of L’Aquila after the earthquake in 2009 flows into the work of the Scuola di Ricostruzione Accumoli. It offers students of the "Renovation and Revitalization" university course at Danube University Krems the opportunity to deepen and supplement theoretical knowledge through on-site practice. In addition, students from various universities from several European countries will work at this school in the future.