Skype to Scroope Terrace, 25th January
The second Recall Day to Cambridge University for me took place via Skype from the GSSI. Despite a terrible internet connection, a lot was learned from the 4 groups of speakers which can be used primarily for the Realisation Essay (the next submission), but also for the upcoming thesis and design project.
The speakers were:
Lara Allen (Cambridge Humanitarian Centre) Centre for Global Equality
Mehrnaz Gohjeh and Tom Lindsay (Buro Happold)
Peter Studdert, Former director of Planning at Cambridge City Council
Natalia Petkova (former MAUD student)
In particular, I found the talk by Natalia very useful for my project. Her work in Porto followed a similar line of design research to my own project, such as working within a heritage context to revitalise a city and rehabilitate it's abandoned structures.
The following diagrams illustrate the basic information gathered for my Realisation Essay, and how it was shaping up prior to this recall:
Flow diagram to show the process of project implementation:
However, following the discussions held throughout this day I find it necessary to expand the essay to more comprehensively cover the issues 'on the ground' in L'Aquila; namely, the problematic post-earthquake reconstruction progress and trajectory of the city following the very poor decisions made in the immediate earthquake aftermath. I will specifically focus on issues such as corruption within public works, of which there are several examples in L'Aquila post-quake.