This 26th October will mark the third anniversary of the earthquake that, in 2016, turned the center of Italy upside down Abruzzo, Lazio, Marche and Umbria, since then, has radically changed. Damaged buildings represent just the most obvious symptom of an illness affecting, more than anything, daily life and expectations.

The following post, written by Italian radio speaker Marco Ardemagni, set in motion a series of events leading to the attached video (you can activate English subtitles) realized in February 2017.

You can read the full Italian blog post here.

Three years later many of the questions raised by the community remain unanswered, not only in Camerino, but in a large area that involves four regions, entire economic and social fabric. Paradoxically, a country rich in historical and artistic beauties such as Italy, finding itself facing such catastrophes, find itself stuck in between opposite needs. On the one hand, the urgency to rebuild normality, restore houses, restart educational, working and recreational activities. On the other, the artistic heritage requires longer time to be protected and regenerated. And yet, Italian town merge together art, history and daily life in an indissoluble unicum. How can we shrine our past without letting him be an obstacle to our future?

As stated in the video there are no easy answer or solution, there are too many factors and needs to consider. Referring to the situation show above video, some things have changed during the last three years. The marquee hosting the city park has been replaced by a shopping center. The old town is gradually re-opening and many citizens are currently living more stable emergency housing solutions. And the future?

The future stays unpredictable. Will the historical centers in ten, twenty years be the heart of city life? The phenomenon of migration towards the suburbs, or more generally the depopulation of mountain areas afflicting all Europe, can be contained by a simple restoration or must we embrace a new vision, capable of transforming this heritage into something more?

To understand the present and build the future, the University of Camerino promoted the Unicamontagna project. Unicamontagna aims to trigger a creative renaissance for the inland by rethinking the role played by local actors and resources. A project aiming to widen its scope and becoming a shared lab for all the areas facing the same critical issues and, in the process, find new opportunities.