Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has appointed Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano to helm reconstruction and prevention efforts following the devastating 6.2-magnitude earthquake that hit central Italy last week leaving at least 290 people dead.
Renzi met with Piano over the weekend to discuss housing survivors and rebuilding the ancient towns that were hardest hit and announced on Monday a national plan for disaster prevention. "Reconstruction should be coordinated in the wisest and fastest way," Renzi said in a statement, according to The Guardian. "It’s right to do it quickly but even better to be done well and above all with the involvement of the affected people."
Piano himself spoke to the British paper himself, urging that "We have to act quickly, with the utmost urgency. Anti-seismic requirements must be inserted in the laws of the country to make our homes safe, just as it’s compulsory for a car to have brakes that work."
The plan involves placing 2,900 displaced residents who are currently staying at 58 tent camps and other shelters into more permanent wooden structures within six months, then beginning reconstruction on the ruined towns. More extensively, Piano hopes to secure the country’s "millions of buildings," including public structures, homes, and cultural sites, over the next 50 years.
Piano, who was appointed an Italian senator for life in 2013, is well-equipped to lead these protection efforts, as he’s worked in the past with UNESCO and in high-risk earthquake zones like Japan and California. Head to The Guardian for more.