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Beyond eventification: capacity building in post-disaster temporariness

Cecilia Pasquinelli (GSSI Social Sciences, Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy)
Georgios Koukoufikis (GSSI Social Sciences, Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy)
David Gogishvili (GSSI Social Sciences, Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy)

Journal of Place Management and Development

ISSN: 1753-8335

Article publication date: 4 March 2019

Issue publication date: 4 March 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to explore cultural events in a post-disaster town cultural events in a post-disaster town, L’Aquila, Italy, facing a long-term process of adaptation and recovery after the 2009 earthquake.

Design/methodology/approach

A time-based conceptual framework is applied in a case analysis relying on primary and secondary data. In-depth semi-structured interviews with local actors, direct observations and participation in local events and public debates enriched the analysis.

Findings

In the absence of a clear-cut urban policy framework, an urban heritage of cultural events emerged from local actors’ initiatives, with some evidence of local capacity building. Elements of events’ institutionalisation and signals of a serious risk of vanishing in the post-disaster transitioning context are discussed.

Originality/value

The study involves development of a theoretical framework for analysing the temporal process of evolution of a local system of cultural events as instruments for place-making and capacity building in a post-disaster town. New light is cast on the meaning of “eventification.”

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the research team working on the L’Aquila case at GSSI Social Sciences for sharing the research interest for this town and part of our research path. Thanks also go to the interviewees and informants who enriched this study.

Citation

Pasquinelli, C., Koukoufikis, G. and Gogishvili, D. (2019), "Beyond eventification: capacity building in post-disaster temporariness", Journal of Place Management and Development, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 88-101. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPMD-03-2017-0025

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