Publications and talks


The NOVAVIDA team presented the first design proposal for the city of Portoviejo, last April during the research activities in Ecuador. Between 4th and 8th April ad been place the “Novel Approach for Virtual Infrastructure Post Disaster Virtual Reality workshop” organised by: Ornella Iuorio, Gustavo Duran, Mirko Russo

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The International Conference on Structures and Architecture 2022

The NOVAVIDA team, will present the research findings at the ICSA 2022, 6-8 JULY 2022 at Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark . The International Conference on Structures and Architecture, organised by the International Association of Structures & Architecture, is the world’s leading and largest global conference bridging the gap between Structures and Architecture. Presentation title “Future scenarios for housing resettlements in Ecuador”. Authors: Ornella Iuorio, Mirko Russo

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Ecuadorian housing resettlements five years after the 2016 earthquake: A critical analysis

In the past decades, earthquakes have left millions of people without homes across the world. Safe housing is crucial for the long-term wellbeing of the affected population. This article analyses the Ecuadorian housing reconstruction developed after the 7.8 magnitude 2016 earthquake, taking as case study the cities of Portoviejo, Manta, Bahía de Caráquez and Pedernales, located in the Manabí province, which jointly accommodate more than 90% of the resettlements built by the central government. Authors: Giulia Testori, Michael Janoschka, Alejandra Bonilla Mena, Ornella Iuorio

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17. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura della Biennale di Venezia

This dialogue between academia, architects and industry aims to discuss criticalities of post-disasters reconstruction in Latin America and the Global South, and how new visions can be developed. Starting from the NOVA VIDA research project, funded by British Academy and led by the University of Leeds, it discusses how multi-disciplinary approach combining indigenous construction practices, social and cultural preferences can be integrated in the definition of new post-disaster scenarios.

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IV Congreso Ecuatoriano de Estudios de la Ciudad

Dr Testori and Dr Iuorio presented part of the Nova Vida Research Project results to the Congreso Ecuaoriano de Estudios de la Ciudad 19-21 November 2020. Presentation title “Los reasentamientos post-terremotoen la provincia de Manabí

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Workshop on Resilience of concrete construction

Dr Iuorio presented part of the Nova Vida Research Project results to the Online one-day workshop on Resilience of concrete construction 23 May 2020. Presentation title “Post-disaster infrastructures: The case of Portoviejo after 2016