(Dipartimento di Architettura Disegno Storia Progetto Firenze, Italy)

Abstract: Within the section related to the seismic events which happened in Emilia (Italy) on May 20 and May 29 2012, our research has been transformed to more visual, more tactile aspects and more involving experience of an earthquake.
For all these reasons, the result of our work substantially goes out of the typical linguistic and communicative aspects of researches in the field of preservation/rediscovery of the historical/archeological heritage.
Without making an investigation of the cause and the possibilities of the reconstruction, we have examined the emptiness which an earthquake can leave by destructing a common identity, like it happened in many places in Emilia.
An identity where the historical/archeological heritage has not only constituted the basis for the development of shared typological sense of aesthetics but it also established many of the social aspects.
The pattern square – town hall – church which are similar in all of the villages situated in Emilia – they all demonstrate and exist like a true example of deep identity.
The earthquake has interrupted a customary urban and social typological system used for centuries by damaging these key elements which can be hardly recovered.
ID-Entity would like to suggest the observer to lead a reflection by focusing on the sense of emptiness and precariousness. This would make the observer to consider the necessity of preserving precious architectural sites and to think about the possibility to start a new architectural way without forgetting the traditions.
The earthquake had not created a nihilistic and annihilating vacuum but has left behind a ground with a strong will to restart.
The proposed poster will present a journey through images in the area of the Emilia Earthquake, spotting on the ancient -now physically lost- urban area, trying to reach the deep sense of the place between what is gone and the overcoming of the ruins.

Keywords: Earthquake, Emilia, Identity, Emptiness, Social aspects