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Urban Safety—Socio-Technical Solutions for Urban Infrastructure: Case Studies

Department of Architecture, University of Palermo, 90128 Palermo, Italy
Buildings 2024, 14(6), 1754; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings14061754
Submission received: 8 May 2024 / Revised: 5 June 2024 / Accepted: 9 June 2024 / Published: 11 June 2024
(This article belongs to the Collection Strategies for Sustainable Urban Development)

Abstract

Urban space’s physical and environmental characteristics impact urban public safety. Specifically, many areas in the older urban core are morphologically unsafe. The historic city’s resilience to natural disasters and emergency phenomena often surpasses expectations thanks to settlement principles, post-disaster transformations, and redundancies that enhance the performance of the historic built environment. Yet, the necessity to introduce new qualities to reclaim urban heritages scattered throughout the territory, often abandoned or sparsely populated, underscores the need for maintenance and management measures to boost safety and resilience. This study aims to identify technological components in urban space that influence the safety of places and define a design method for safety planning in historic urban settings. Urban safety interventions encompass various technological aspects in conjunction with the widespread distribution of equipment, adaptation of public and private facilities, and networked infrastructure and services. This paper delineates the elements that converge in the technological design of an appropriate historic town center to address potential emergencies. It presents the initial findings of studies conducted on a minor center with a strong historical value. This document aims to be useful for administrations of smaller municipalities, as the proposed method can be replicated in similar contexts.
Keywords: urban safety technologies; emergency city plan; seismic performance; urban regeneration; small towns and rural communities urban safety technologies; emergency city plan; seismic performance; urban regeneration; small towns and rural communities

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Nicolini, E. Urban Safety—Socio-Technical Solutions for Urban Infrastructure: Case Studies. Buildings 2024, 14, 1754. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings14061754

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Nicolini E. Urban Safety—Socio-Technical Solutions for Urban Infrastructure: Case Studies. Buildings. 2024; 14(6):1754. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings14061754

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Nicolini, Elvira. 2024. "Urban Safety—Socio-Technical Solutions for Urban Infrastructure: Case Studies" Buildings 14, no. 6: 1754. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings14061754

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