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Post Un-lock [CLOSED] | From Territorial Vulnerabilities to Local Resilience

The research Post Un-lock is founded in the frame of the call for the co-financing of research project 2020 led by DIST (Inter-university Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning), Politecnico di Torino. It has the objective define a new territorial scenario for the year 2030, starting from the management of the post-emergency phase of the Covid-19. With reference to the SDG 11b objective, the project will study how to achieve territorial resilience, through the development of interdisciplinary process and innovative knowledge systems as the integration of climate governance processes based on the analysis of local vulnerabilities.

The aim is to support institutions in the challenge of resilience towards new models of "adaptive governance". The research introduces and tests a model of territorial planning and organisation: the Local Resilience Units (URL) to promote place-based strategies for adaptation of territories.

The research is rooted in the broader research themes supported by the 2015-2030 European Roadmap for the implementation of the Sendai Framework.

Project period

(2020 - CLOSED)

About the book:

This open access book builds a framework that holds together numerous open issues in territorial planning: from the understanding of territorial, landscape, environmental and climatic dynamics to the analysis of local vulnerabilities, to the use of modern survey techniques to support planning. What is the role of urban and regional planning in achieving the sustainable development goals of our communities considering the major issues posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in urban planning? And how do these medium- and long-term objectives interact with the needs that the emergency has given rise to?

Post Un-Lock—from territorial vulnerabilities to local resilience—aims to provide the reader with a useful key to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic can be seen as a catalyst for a restart based on the concepts of sustainability and resilience. In fact, the COVID-19 experience evidences the need to propose a planning system able to integrate multiple scales according to an interdisciplinary approach focused on in-depth knowledge of the territorial risks and vulnerabilities. Besides, with the contribution of the new technologies, it is able to rethink spaces on a neighbourhood scale, conceived as a "local resilience unit" that ensures the population high standards of safety, liveability, and accessibility to proximity services. In this view, planning is increasingly concerned about social aspects and the well-being of communities, supported by indicators and evaluation tools. With the proposal of the concept of local resilience unit, Post Un-Lock takes a step forward towards the definition of a new paradigm of local planning and a topic for urban regeneration.


Grazia Brunetta

Patrizia Lombardi

Angioletta Voghera

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Abitare la prossimità: indicatori e scenari post-COVID per la riprogettazione delle città post-pandemiche alla scala del quartiere / Borsari, Alice; Lombardi, Patrizia; TORABI MOGHADAM, Sara. - In: IL PIEMONTE DELLE AUTONOMIE. - ISSN 2385-085X. - ELETTRONICO. - 2:(2021), pp. 1-12.

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Grazia Brunetta

Patrizia Lombardi

Angioletta Voghera