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Modularity for Crisis. Sustainable and Agile Typology Strategies for Transitional needs

Christy Yahchouchi

Modularity for Crisis. Sustainable and Agile Typology Strategies for Transitional needs.

Rel. Marco Trisciuoglio. Politecnico di Torino, Corso di laurea magistrale in Architettura Costruzione Città, 2023

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In the wake of a hazard, cities face significant challenges, particularly in meeting the urgent residential needs of affected communities. This thesis aims to address these challenges by focusing on the architectural needs and demands that arise in a city after a hazard event, with the case study of Beirut's Port explosion serving as a primary focal point. By studying Beirut's urban morphology and using it as a foundation, this research endeavors to develop a comprehensive and adaptable system applicable to cities facing similar post-hazard scenarios. Beirut's Port explosion on August 4, 2020, resulted in widespread devastation, impacting the city's urban fabric and displacing numerous residents from their homes. This tragic event serves as a catalyst for understanding the complex dynamics of post-hazard urban settlements and the pressing need for innovative architectural responses. By examining the underlying causes behind the settlement and closely analyzing the urban voids that emerge, we can gain valuable insights into the unique challenges faced by affected communities. The core objective of this thesis is to develop a temporary architectural structure that can effectively address the residential demands arising after a hazard event. This structure will be designed to be adaptable and flexible, capable of fulfilling diverse functions depending on the specific needs of the affected city. By understanding the nuances of Beirut's urban morphology and leveraging the lessons learned from the Port explosion, we aim to create a replicable system that can be applied to other cities worldwide, empowering them to face their own emerging challenges. This thesis aims to offer a thorough framework for post-hazard residential solutions using a combination of research approaches, including site analysis, case studies, and architectural design. Our objective is to develop a comprehensive strategy that not only meets immediate housing needs but also promotes long-term community rehabilitation and resilience through the integration of resilience, sustainability, and cultural identity principles. This project aims to contribute to the continuing discussion on post-hazard recovery and the significance of architectural interventions in influencing the built environment by engaging with the various aspects of urban void management, architectural adaptation, and community involvement. The ultimate objective is to offer realistic and creative solutions that support the safety, well-being, and cultural identity of affected communities, enabling them to recover and prosper in the face of adversity.

Relators: Marco Trisciuoglio
Academic year: 2022/23
Publication type: Electronic
Number of Pages: 146
Corso di laurea: Corso di laurea magistrale in Architettura Costruzione Città
Classe di laurea: New organization > Master science > LM-04 - ARCHITECTURE AND ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING
Aziende collaboratrici: Politecnico di Torino
URI: http://webthesis.biblio.polito.it/id/eprint/27593
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