Last week, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy, leaving a wave of devastation along the European country, which killed about 290 people. Since it holds some of the most world's most notable landmarks and ancient ruins, the medieval towns alongside these sites did not withstand the power of this natural disaster. To help with the reconstruction efforts, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi met with Italian architect and Pritzker Prize winner Renzo Piano, Hon. FAIA, to discuss housing strategies and how to rebuild these historic areas.

Piano told The Guardian that the country needed to "strengthen laws on making structures earthquake resistant and ensure public and private buildings [are] safe," to prevent this from happening again in the future.

“We have to act quickly, with the utmost urgency,” he told the Guardian. "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."

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