What is it about?

This work analyzes the birth of a self-determined community in the post-catastrophe of L'Aquila (2009). In particular, the birth of E.V.A. (eco built auto village) in Pescomaggiore (AQ), in which efforts for a bottom-up reconstruction were combined with those of a collective life based on the principles of sharing and ecology. The heart of the article highlights the reasons and conditions of its end.

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Why is it important?

The originality of this work is twofold. On the one hand it is the story of a unique experience of self-management in the post-catastrophe; on the other hand, in the analysis "in direct contact", with an innovative methodology, of how a certain way of managing the collective, adapting to standards of efficiency, normalization and centralization, has in fact changed the nature of relationships and experience itself until it is exhausted.


Writing this article was a great pleasure as it has co-authors with whom I have had long standing collaborations. This article also has allowed me to give form to an important experience in my education as an individual and a morally conscious researcher of the political-social stakes of disasters.

Isabella Tomassi
Ecole normale superieure de Lyon

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This page is a summary of: The Ecovillage of Pescomaggiore (L’Aquila), Disaster Prevention and Management An International Journal, August 2019, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/dpm-09-2018-0305.
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