Urban heritage fragility and antifragility: Matera and the 2019 European Capital of Culture

Davide Ponzini, Zachary M. Jones, Enrico Tommarchi, Stefano D’Armento, Alessandro Scandiffio, Franco Bianchini

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    The city of Matera is known internationally for its prehistoric built heritage and for being the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe. Until the Covid-19 pandemic, the heritage area of the “Sassi” used to attract significant numbers of tourists and day-trippers. This exerted significant pressure on this fragile part of the city. The plans for the Matera-Basilicata 2019 European Capital of Culture (ECoC) included measures that focused on the Sassi and others that intended to expand the set of heritage and cultural attractions in other parts of the city, as well as to strengthen the social and economic system of Matera as an innovation hub for the region. While the mega-event planning and delivery improved accessibility, public spaces and the local cultural economy, the ECoC did not significantly and directly reduce the fragility of the city’s heritage. This contribution discusses the relationship between urban heritage and mega-event policies and discusses it in the light of a fragility/antifragility theoretical framework.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFragility and Antifragility in Cities and Regions
    Subtitle of host publicationSpace, Uncertainty and Inequality
    EditorsFrancesco Curci, Daniele Chiffi
    PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)9781035312559
    ISBN (Print)9781035312542
    Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2024


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