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The RES URBANAE project is in line with current urban issues of two cities – Brest and Dresden – whose histories reveal common trajectories: they were destroyed by the bombings of the Second World War and then rebuilt in different ways, and according to their own temporalities. The project offers a new perspective that renews knowledge of urban history, particularly that of reconstruction, in the light of the world in transition and the resilience of cities. The aim is to examine the way in which the destruction that affected the territories subsequently gave impetus to creative approaches, whether architectural, urban or artistic, and to observe the role that the imagination plays in the (re)construction of the identity of cities.