What we do

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Founded seven years ago, the  Pier Luigi Nervi Project Association is a non-profit organisation contributing to a renewal of study and knowledge about the life and work of the Italian engineer and architect Pier Luigi Nervi.

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Headed by Marco, one of the grandchildren of Pier Luigi Nervi, the association  has been engaged in coordinating the scientific research and financial support that allowed the birth and development of the international traveling exhibition “Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture as Challenge.

In addition to this exhibition which has being enriched with content as the research progressed and developed along its international itinerary, the association is engaged in several other areas: It prefigures the new edition of the Norton Lectures given by Pier Luigi Nervi at Harvard University in 1962, aiming to an extensive recovery of Nervi’s writings.

Other field of focus for our association are educational activities. Besides ongoing research projects like the NerViLab, the latest result of our work in this field is the contest elaborated for the Italian Ministry of Education Pier Luigi Nervi: Costruire correttamente, which addresses itself to all grades in Primary and Secondary School.

The commitment of the Pier Luigi Nervi Project will also focus on the conservation and rehabilitation of structures by Nervi, not only in Italy but also on an international level, with the hope of contributing to a scientific awareness and  protection of architectural heritage of Modernity, of which the structures by Nervi remain among its highest expressions.

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What we do

An overview of our activities until October 2011

[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0185.jpg]89190The setting of the exhibition in Turin, photo by Davide Chemise
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Torino, la committenza industriale, le culture architettoniche e politecniche italiane, C Hall, Torino Esposizioni, Turin, April 29th - July 17th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_nervi-270810_048.jpg]66090The setting of the exhibition in Venice at Palazzo Giustinian Lolin
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida, Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, Venice, August 28th - November 14th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_copy-of-33989900.jpg]16530The setting of the exhibition at the CIVA in Brussels, photo Lode Saidane
Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture comme Défi, CIVA, Brussels, June 4th - August 8th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_copy-of-dsc_3512.jpg]17330The setting of the exhibition at the CIVA in Brussels, photo Lode Saidane
Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture comme Défi, CIVA, Brussels, June 4th - August 8th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_3599.jpg]13000The setting of the exhibition at the CIVA in Brussels, photo Lode Saidane
Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture comme Défi, CIVA, Brussels, June 4th - August 8th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_3532.jpg]8240The setting of the exhibition at the CIVA in Brussels, photo Lode Saidane
Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture comme Défi, CIVA, Brussels, June 4th - August 8th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_3544_0.jpg]7580The setting of the exhibition at the CIVA in Brussels, photo Lode Saidane
Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture comme Défi, CIVA, Brussels, June 4th - August 8th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_copy-of-34192021.jpg]5770The setting of the exhibition at the CIVA in Brussels, photo Lode Saidane
Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture comme Défi, CIVA, Brussels, June 4th - August 8th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_copy-of-yu7y3310.jpg]5350The setting of the exhibition at the CIVA in Brussels, photo Lode Saidane
Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture comme Défi, CIVA, Brussels, June 4th - August 8th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_3591.jpg]4770The setting of the exhibition at the CIVA in Brussels, photo Lode Saidane
Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture comme Défi, CIVA, Brussels, June 4th - August 8th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_copy-of-yu7y3332.jpg]5300The setting of the exhibition at the CIVA in Brussels, photo Lode Saidane
Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture comme Défi, CIVA, Brussels, June 4th - August 8th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_3555.jpg]4720The setting of the exhibition at the CIVA in Brussels, photo Lode Saidane
Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture comme Défi, CIVA, Brussels, June 4th - August 8th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_copy-of-dsc_3456.jpg]4200The setting of the exhibition at the CIVA in Brussels, photo Lode Saidane
Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture comme Défi, CIVA, Brussels, June 4th - August 8th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_copy-of-yu7y3376.jpg]3700The setting of the exhibition at the CIVA in Brussels, photo Lode Saidane
Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture comme Défi, CIVA, Brussels, June 4th - August 8th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_copy-of-dsc_3444_0.jpg]3490The setting of the exhibition at the CIVA in Brussels, photo Lode Saidane
Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture comme Défi, CIVA, Brussels, June 4th - August 8th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_copy-of-dsc_3487.jpg]3270The setting of the exhibition at the CIVA in Brussels, photo Lode Saidane
Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture comme Défi, CIVA, Brussels, June 4th - August 8th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_copy-of-3423242526.jpg]3150The setting of the exhibition at the CIVA in Brussels, photo Lode Saidane
Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture comme Défi, CIVA, Brussels, June 4th - August 8th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_3484.jpg]2760The setting of the exhibition at the CIVA in Brussels, photo Lode Saidane
Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture comme Défi, CIVA, Brussels, June 4th - August 8th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_copy-of-3430313233.jpg]3030The setting of the exhibition at the CIVA in Brussels, photo Lode Saidane
Pier Luigi Nervi Architecture comme Défi, CIVA, Brussels, June 4th - August 8th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_nervi-270810_045.jpg]3230The setting of the exhibition in Venice at Palazzo Giustinian Lolin
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida, Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, Venice, August 28th - November 14th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_nervi-270810_050.jpg]2630The setting of the exhibition in Venice at Palazzo Giustinian Lolin
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida, Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, Venice, August 28th - November 14th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_nervi-270810_033.jpg]2990The setting of the exhibition in Venice at Palazzo Giustinian Lolin
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida, Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, Venice, August 28th - November 14th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_nervi-270810_020.jpg]2960The setting of the exhibition in Venice at Palazzo Giustinian Lolin
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida, Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, Venice, August 28th - November 14th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_nervi-270810_008.jpg]3410The setting of the exhibition in Venice at Palazzo Giustinian Lolin
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida, Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, Venice, August 28th - November 14th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_nervi-270810_010.jpg]2580The setting of the exhibition in Venice at Palazzo Giustinian Lolin
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida, Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, Venice, August 28th - November 14th 2010
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_img_9791.jpg]3170The setting of the exhibition at the MAXXI in Rome, photo Cesare Querci courtesy Fondazione MAXXI
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Roma Ingegno e Costruzione, Museo MAXXI, Rome, December 15th 2010 - March 20th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_img_9793.jpg]2540The setting of the exhibition at the MAXXI in Rome, photo Cesare Querci courtesy Fondazione MAXXI
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Roma Ingegno e Costruzione, Museo MAXXI, Rome, December 15th 2010 - March 20th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_img_9913.jpg]2620The setting of the exhibition at the MAXXI in Rome, photo Cesare Querci courtesy Fondazione MAXXI
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Roma Ingegno e Costruzione, Museo MAXXI, Rome, December 15th 2010 - March 20th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_2651_b.jpg]2490The setting of the exhibition at the MAXXI in Rome, photo Jacopo Pergameno courtesy Fondazione MAXXI
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Roma Ingegno e Costruzione, Museo MAXXI, Rome, December 15th 2010 - March 20th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_2676_b.jpg]2940The setting of the exhibition at the MAXXI in Rome, photo Jacopo Pergameno courtesy Fondazione MAXXI
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Roma Ingegno e Costruzione, Museo MAXXI, Rome, December 15th 2010 - March 20th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_2667_b.jpg]3080The setting of the exhibition at the MAXXI in Rome, photo Jacopo Pergameno courtesy Fondazione MAXXI
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Roma Ingegno e Costruzione, Museo MAXXI, Rome, December 15th 2010 - March 20th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc_2720_b.jpg]3140The setting of the exhibition at the MAXXI in Rome, photo Jacopo Pergameno courtesy Fondazione MAXXI
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Roma Ingegno e Costruzione, Museo MAXXI, Rome, December 15th 2010 - March 20th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_nervi-uk-190.jpg]2870The cover of the English Edition of the catalogue related to the travelling exhibition, published by Silvana Editorialele
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0512.jpg]2300The setting of the exhibition in Turin, photo by Davide Chemise
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Torino, la committenza industriale, le culture architettoniche e politecniche italiane, C Hall, Torino Esposizioni, Turin, April 29th - July 17th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0418.jpg]3280The setting of the exhibition in Turin, photo by Davide Chemise
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Torino, la committenza industriale, le culture architettoniche e politecniche italiane, C Hall, Torino Esposizioni, Turin, April 29th - July 17th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0193.jpg]2500The setting of the exhibition in Turin, photo by Davide Chemise
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0327.jpg]2180The setting of the exhibition in Turin, photo by Davide Chemise
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Torino, la committenza industriale, le culture architettoniche e politecniche italiane, C Hall, Torino Esposizioni, Turin, April 29th - July 17th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0197.jpg]2550The setting of the exhibition in Turin, photo by Davide Chemise
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Torino, la committenza industriale, le culture architettoniche e politecniche italiane, C Hall, Torino Esposizioni, Turin, April 29th - July 17th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0268.jpg]2230The setting of the exhibition in Turin, photo by Davide Chemise
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Torino, la committenza industriale, le culture architettoniche e politecniche italiane, C Hall, Torino Esposizioni, Turin, April 29th - July 17th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0593.jpg]1960The setting of the exhibition in Turin, photo by Davide Chemise
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Torino, la committenza industriale, le culture architettoniche e politecniche italiane, C Hall, Torino Esposizioni, Turin, April 29th - July 17th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0424.jpg]2280The setting of the exhibition in Turin, photo by Davide Chemise
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Torino, la committenza industriale, le culture architettoniche e politecniche italiane, C Hall, Torino Esposizioni, Turin, April 29th - July 17th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0412.jpg]2030The setting of the exhibition in Turin, photo by Davide Chemise
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Torino, la committenza industriale, le culture architettoniche e politecniche italiane, C Hall, Torino Esposizioni, Turin, April 29th - July 17th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0213.jpg]3150The setting of the exhibition in Turin, photo by Davide Chemise
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Torino, la committenza industriale, le culture architettoniche e politecniche italiane, C Hall, Torino Esposizioni, Turin, April 29th - July 17th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0263.jpg]2130The setting of the exhibition in Turin, photo by Davide Chemise
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Torino, la committenza industriale, le culture architettoniche e politecniche italiane, C Hall, Torino Esposizioni, Turin, April 29th - July 17th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0157.jpg]2190The setting of the exhibition in Turin, photo by Davide Chemise
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Torino, la committenza industriale, le culture architettoniche e politecniche italiane, C Hall, Torino Esposizioni, Turin, April 29th - July 17th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0289.jpg]2240The setting of the exhibition in Turin, photo by Davide Chemise
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Torino, la committenza industriale, le culture architettoniche e politecniche italiane, C Hall, Torino Esposizioni, Turin, April 29th - July 17th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0468.jpg]2270The setting of the exhibition in Turin, photo by Davide Chemise
Pier Luigi Nervi Architettura come Sfida - Torino, la committenza industriale, le culture architettoniche e politecniche italiane, C Hall, Torino Esposizioni, Turin, April 29th - July 17th 2011
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0430.jpg]3060The setting of the exhibition in Turin, photo by Davide Chemise
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_436982514_e26cda7b88_0.jpg]2760Interior view of the Salt Warehouse in Tortona, Italy
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_19workshop-pln_11-12luglio2011_0.jpg]2270Workshop on 11th and 12th of July 2011 about the renovation of the Salt Warehouse in Tortona
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_22workshop-pln_11-12luglio2011.jpg]2340Workshop on 11th and 12th of July 2011 about the renovation of the Salt Warehouse in Tortona
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_21workshop-pln_11-12luglio2011.jpg]2160Workshop on 11th and 12th of July 2011 about the renovation of the Salt Warehouse in Tortona
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_28workshop-pln_11-12luglio2011.jpg]2210Workshop on 11th and 12th of July 2011 about the renovation of the Salt Warehouse in Tortona
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0032.jpg]2160Guided tours to the buildings by Pier Luigi Nervi in Turin
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0076.jpg]2660Guided tours to the Palazzo del Lavoro by Pier Luigi Nervi in Turin
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0066.jpg]2710Guided tours to the Palazzo del Lavoro by Pier Luigi Nervi in Turin
[img src=http://pierluiginervi.org/wp-content/flagallery/what-we-do/thumbs/thumbs_dsc0083.jpg]2870Guided tours to the Palazzo del Lavoro by Pier Luigi Nervi in Turin

 

RECENTLY PUBLISHED: La sauvegarde des grandes oeuvres de l’ingénierie du XXe siècle, Editions des Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes (PPUR), 2015

This publication constitutes the first issue of the Cahiers du TSAM, dedicated to the conservation of the 20th century’s great works of engineering, aims to explore the future of some of the most remarkable and emblematic concrete structures of the previous century. Through the personalities of the heroic builders, this publication aims to consider what the engineers – the most daring of whom (Freyssinet, Isler, Maillart, Nervi, Vierendeel, etc.) are represented here – bequeathed to the century. While the conservation of 20th century architecture has in recent years been seen as a discipline in its own right, the conservation of 20th century engineering is still in its infancy. Considered too often purely from the point of view of security or maintenance, these works are now often seen as true masterpieces, cutting edge achievements of the “engineer’s art”, as stunning for their plastic beauty as for their technical performance. This publication provides an opportunity to stimulate, with reference to concrete examples and projects, an awareness of the heritage challenges to be addressed in the field of engineering. Among the other authors, Cristiana Chiorino presents the legacy of Pier Luigi Nervi, which ” is scattered across Italy, Europe, and as far afield as America and Australia. The Pier Luigi Nervi Association is promoting the idea of inscribing some of his works in the UNESCO World Heritage List as an expression of the Italian’s role in world engineering. This inheritance, a symbol of technical excellence and of the art of construction, is emblematic of the complexity involved in conserving, restoring and re-using the great engineering works of the last century. (…) Projects of restoration and re-use now under way raise important questions: The Palazzo del Lavoro, in Turin (1961), after years of neglect and disuse, is being transformed into a shopping mall; meanwhile, the Burgo Paper Mill, in Mantua (1961-1964) stands idle; the hall of the Turin Exhibition (1949) with its undulating roof in ‘ferrocement’, on the verge of abandonment, is looking for a new function; the Flaminio Stadium, in Rome (1957-1958) was threatened, in 2011, by a radical design project. Recent exhibitions, such as “Pier Luigi Nervi, Architecture as Challenge”, and growing interest in recent years in the man and his work might help to refocus attention on his extraordinary legacy. But it is more vital than ever to define the criteria for intervention that should apply to these buildings.”

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