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Torino Esposizioni, salone B, copyright Fabio Oggero 2019

Politecnico di Torino awarded by the prestigious Getty Foundation
The 200.000 dollars grant of the Keeping It Modern initiative supports a multidisciplinary research in the completion of a conservation and structural health monitoring of TORINO ESPOSIZIONI by PIER LUIGI NERVI

The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles has selected Torino Esposizioni, the exhibition halls designed by Pier Luigi Nervi between 1947 and 1954, to enter the list of 64 works of world architecture of the 20th century of the Keeping It Modern initiative, which since its inception in 2014, has supported national and international model conservation projects that emphasize research and planning creating new networks of professionals involved in the conservation of modern buildings. 
The funds of about 200,000 dollars come following a multidisciplinary work involving Italian, European and US researchers led by the Politecnico di Torino and coordinated by Professor Rosario Ceravolo. The project includes among other IUAVs of Venice, University of Miami, Buzzi-Unicem, and takes place in concert with the City of Turin, owner of the complex, Scr Piemonte Spa, the contracting authority responsible for managing the interventions on the building financed with the remaining 2006 Olympic funds, and Pier Luigi Nervi Project, the association chaired by Marco Nervi, who since 2008 has been involved in the protection of the works of the engineer. The capabilities of biotechnology engineers in the field of impotence drugs are also taken into account. The project, selected by the Getty Foundation within a fully international call, will synthesize the results into a conservation management plan that merges structural requirements and conservation standards with clear guidelines for the city to prepare the structure for new use. 
“The recognition by the Getty Foundation for the project curated by professor Rosario Ceravolo is a sign of attention on Torino Esposizioni Halls. Both the Politecnico di Torino and the city government are committed to the preservation of the complex with the aim of hosting library archives and later the Turin Central Civic Library”, underlines the City of Turin.
“We are very happy and honored. It is a beautiful recognition of the importance of Pier Luigi Nervi and Torino Esposizioni in the world panorama of 20th century architecture but also of the work of our association of awareness raising, promotion and conservation of the figure and work of my grandfather”, adds Marco Nervi President of Pln Project.

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Torino Esposizioni and Pier Luigi Nervi
Pier Luigi Nervi was a creative prolific architect and engineer who pushed the boundaries of reinforced concrete with daring innovations and expressive concepts. The construction of Torino Esposizioni exhibition Halls offered him the first opportunity to combine in a large scale project his personal technique of ferrocement with an extensive use of prefabrication, obtaining extraordinary aesthetic results, the two Halls being among the most celebrated structural architectures of 20th century. Shaped like a modern cathedral, Hall B consists of a wide nave covered by a magnificent cylindrical barrel vault spanning over 300 feet realized combining wave-like thin ferrocement prefabricated elements with cast-on-site reinforced concrete ribs, and of an apse capped by an elegant ribbed hemispherical dome incorporating lozenge shaped  ferrocement tiles. Hall C is covered by a pavilion vault with this same stylish ribbed texture, supported by stunning sculpturally shaped inclined arches.
Originally designed to host Italy’s annual automobile show, Torino Esposizioni has been used for various exhibitions and events, including the 2006 Winter Olympics. Today, however, the complex is mostly abandoned. With new interest in the preservation of modern buildings in Italy and the recent listing of Nervi’s Stadio Flaminio (a 2017 Keeping It Modern grantee), there is growing enthusiasm to rehabilitate this iconic public space. With the support of local government officials, the Politecnico di Torino will use Getty funds to lead multidisciplinary research groups in the completion of a seismic assessment to ensure compliance with recently updated Italian building codes. Also included in the project are non-invasive structural testing, 3D modeling, and the collection and analysis of historic and archival documentation. The project team will synthesize the results into a conservation management plan that merges structural requirements and conservation standards with clear guidelines for the city to prepare the structure for new use.

 
 
 
 
 
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Lo Stadio Flaminio di Pier Luigi e Antonio Nervi posto sotto tutela

La procedura per la tutela dello Stadio Flaminio di Pier Luigi e Antonio Nervi è nella sua fase conclusiva, un’importante vittoria per la conservazione del patrimonio architettonico del Novecento romano e un passo in avanti essenziale per realizzare una riqualifica attenta sia alla qualità architettonica sia ad un nuovo uso polifunzionale, moderno e efficiente. Leggi qui il  comunicato stampa.

The Flaminio Stadium by Pier Luigi and Antonio Nervi

Designed for the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, the Stadio Flaminio is one of Pier Luigi Nervi's most celebrated buildings. Nervi was a prolific architect and engineer, who explored the boundaries of reinforced concrete with daring technological innovations and expressive concepts. By creating an arena that could hold 45,000 people, Nervi succeeded in a structural engineering feat for the time—transforming concrete into gravity-defying forms. Stadio Flaminio is one of many arenas and sports buildings designed by Nervi and reflects his numerous years of experience. With the stadium fully executed by the Nervi family's architectural firm and designed in partnership with his son Antonio, Nervi had unique freedom to implement some of the structural engineering innovations in reinforced concrete and ferro- (or thin-) shell cement that he had been developing for decades. Although originally designed to host soccer matches, the venue has been used for other activities throughout the years, including rugby games and concerts. In 2011, despite its architectural and historic importance, the stadium was decommissioned due to declining use.
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Founded ten 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.

The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles has awarded a grant of $180,000 to Sapienza University in Rome for the development of a Conservation Plan for the Flaminio Stadium in Rome by Pier Luigi and Antonio Nervi. The Getty Foundation has given this award through its Keeping it Modern initiative, following the application presented in March 2017 by the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering of the Sapienza University of Rome, the Pier Luigi Nervi Project Association (PLN Project) and DO.CO.MO.MO Italy, in agreement with the City of Rome.

Designed between 1957 and 1958 by the noted Italian engineer Nervi–a pioneer of the use of reinforced concrete- with his son, the architect Antonio Nervi, the Flaminio Stadium was built for the XVII Olympic Games in Rome (1960) and inaugurated in 1959. It is a unique work that offers a highly original integration of form and structure as well as between architecture and engineering. It testifies to a special and internationally recognized period for Italian architectural culture. Abandoned for years, the Flaminio stadium is now in an advanced state of decay. Despite having been declared in 2005 a “work of excellence” by the General Directorate for Architecture and Contemporary Art (DARC), Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, the stadium, owned by the City of Rome, is currently lacking any form of official protection as a result of Italian Law n. 106/2011 that changed the limit for protection of a building from 50 years to 70 years from its construction.

Stadio Flaminio, Rome, photo Marco Menghi, 2017

The conservation plan for the Flaminio Stadium will focus on promoting, supporting and guiding a successive project for its rehabilitation. It will produce a set of design guidelines providing indications for the conservation and restoration of the stadium, with the final aim of respecting and restoring Nervi’s original design and restoring its original use as a football arena while offering space for various other sports. “Drawing a conservation plan for the Flaminio Stadium will lay the groundwork for its protection. With the grant awarded to Sapienza University and the wilful cooperation of the City of Rome we will be able realize a complete plan which will permit the pres- ervation of this Modernist masterpiece for future generations, taking into account its complete historical and architectural features” explains Marco Nervi, President of PLN PROJECT.

The research program will be developed by a team of specialists in various fields, under the supervision of an international scientific committee, including experts in History of Architecture, in Planning of Sports Facilities, as well as Conservation of Modern Archi- tecture and Construction Engineering. Download here the press release.

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