The effects of the environmental crisis are now tangible at all latitudes and our commitment to mitigate them and ensure the best possible survival options for humanity can no longer be postponed. Scientists and researchers in all disciplines, including those in town planning and architecture, must step out of the ivory tower and learn to communicate with decision makers and politicians before it is too late.
The recently published Resilient Communities and the Peccioli Charter explores urban resilience through significant, original, and rigorous academic research, utilizing the experiences of town planners, architects, and decision makers to create a charter on resilient communities. The second part of the book presents mini-essays which consider strategic points of the paper and enable more casual readers to access and understand information on urban resilience. The book also explores urban resilience through the work and understanding of urban planners, educators, and those involved in communication. Providing numerous illustrations and examples, Resilient Communities and the Peccioli Charter will be of interest to researchers, architects, urban designers and planners alike.
Alessandro Melis, RIBA ARB AOU
IDC Foundation Endowed Chair, NYIT School of Architecture and Design
Director of the Cluster for Sustainable Cities in the UK
In 2019, Alessandro was appointed by the Italian Minister of Culture as the curator of the Italian Pavilion at the 17th International La Biennale of Architecture in Venice 2021, and in 2020 Ambassador of Italian Design on behalf of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Previously, at the University of Auckland, he was the head of the technology area and director of postgraduate engagement at the School of Architecture and Planning. Between 2010-2013, he was the Director of Urban City Lab at the Institute of Architecture of the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Die Angewandte, Vienna) and visiting professor at the Foster Foundation, and in Germany (Anhalt University, Dessau).
In 1996, he founded Heliopolis 21, a multi-awarded architecture practice based in Italy, Germany, and the UK.
Maria R. Perbellini, M.Arch.
Dean, NYIT School of Architecture and Design
Maria R. Perbellini, Ph.D., is the Dean of the School of Architecture and Design at the New York Institute of Technology and a tenured Professor of Architecture. Her leadership advances design innovation, intellectual diversity, emerging computational technologies, and interdisciplinary programs. She has been notably recognized, including the 2018 AIA Long Island Educator Award.
She holds a B.Arch. from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia in Italy and a M.Arch. from Pratt Institute in New York. Prior to New York Tech, Perbellini was the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Chair of Instruction in the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University. She also taught at the School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin.
Perbellini is co-founder of Pongratz Perbellini Architects (PPA). Among others, PPA received the Segnalazione Premio Compasso d’Oro ADI, XXI Edition with the patented series in stoneHyperwave. Before establishing her own practice, she worked in New York City for Peter Eisenman and John Reimnitz on the design of prestigious commissioned buildings and international design competitions. With Christian Pongratz, Perbellini is the co-editor of the Monograph on Peter Eisenman for Korean Architects-KA (No.156, 08/1997), and the co-author of the books Natural Born CaaDesigners (Birkhauser, 2000), Cyberstone (Edilstampa, 2009), and Digital Media for Design (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2016).
Maurizio Carta, Ph.D.
Full Professor of Urban Design and Regional Planning, Department of Architecture, University of Palermo
Maurizio Carta is an architect, PhD and full professor of urbanism and regional planning at the Department of Architecture of the University of Palermo. Founder and Director of the Augmented City Lab, an international research agency about the cities of the future. He is senior expert in strategic planning, urban design and local development, drawing up several urban, landscape and strategic plans in Italy. In 2015 he was awarded by the International Biennial of Architecture in Buenos Aires. In 2019 he was Italian.
Design Ambassador for the Foreign Affairs Ministry. He is visiting professor or keynote speaker in several universities and institutions. He is author of more than 350 publications, the last are Augmented City. A Paradigm Shift (ListLab, 2017), Città aumentate. Dieci gesti-barriera per il futuro (Il Margine, 2021), Cosmopolitan Habitat (with J. Schroeder et al, Jovis, 2021), Resilient Communities and the Peccioli Charter (with M. Perbellini and A.J. Lara-Hernandez, Springer, 2022).
J. Antonio Lara-Hernandez, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Researcher and Senior Lecturer of Urban Design and Architecture, Department of Architecture, University of Porto
J. Antonio Lara-Hernandez is an architect, PhD and senior lecturer of urbanism and architecture at the Department of Architecture of the University of Porto. In addition, he was a co-founder of the IMPLAN-Merida (Municipal Institute of Urban Planning in Merida City). His research and professional experience include works in Mexico, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. He is senior expert in topics related to informality in the urban landscape, as well as studies on urban resilience and architectural exaptation. In 2015 he was awarded by the International Biennial of Architecture in Buenos Aires. In 2021 he was a member of the curatorial team of the Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2021. He is visiting professor or keynote speaker in several universities and institutions. He is the author of more than 200 publications, the latest is Resilient Communities and the Peccioli Charter (with M. Perbellini and A.J. Lara-Hernandez, Springer, 2022).