Government response in the months that followed focused on new residential construction to house the thousands of displaced residents. The historic center was cleared of debris and stabilized but remained a “zona rossa,” uninhabited and closed to public access.
Milan photographer Michele Nastasi began working in L’Aquila soon after the earthquake. His photographs record a cityscape of prosthesis: splints, casts and stays shore-up and stabilize centuries-old structures.
Nastasi’s work is on view at the Wolk Gallery (7-338) through April 18. For more information, contact Gary Van Zante, curator of architecture and design at the MIT Museum: firstname.lastname@example.org; or Laura Knott, curatorial associate: email@example.com.