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''L'Aquila: the stones of reconstruction'' convention and exhibition at Marmomacc

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“Reconstruction to ensure conservation and innovation”. The exhibition and convention titled "L’Aquila, The Stones of Reconstruction" coordinated by Professor Domenico Potenza and Professor Carlo Pozzi of the Faculty of Architecture, Pescara, scheduled during the 46th edition of Marmomacc at VeronaFiere 21-24 September will focus around this fundamental concept.


The convention will take place on 23 September at 15.00 in Hall 7B and will be moderated by Professor Carlo Pozzi. "The topic is “reconstruction ensuring conservation and innovation” focusing on the various aspects and multiple contents of work in stone. Conservation cannot be separated from innovation, just as history cannot forget identity," said the curators of the initiative. Speakers at the convention include Maurizio D’Antonio (Department of Public Works for Reconstruction) who will report on "The technical dimension of problem with special reference to monuments and the building fabric spread which, in the case of L'Aquila, is extremely extensive and involves a large part of the ancient city but is not necessarily historic"; Paolo Marconi (Faculty of Architecture, Rome) will discuss conservation and restoration topics starting from the need to act on the basis of in-depth knowledge of history as the focus for methods, materials, techniques and forms of recovery; Roberto Collovà (Faculty of Architecture, Palermo) will outline aspects of reconstruction implemented as of the requirement to establish a kind of remote dialogue with history where there are no longer any possibilities for philological definition of ruined structures. Studies, research and design experiences will be discussed by Claudio Varagnoli (Faculty of Architecture, Pescara) and Vincenzo Latina (Faculty of Architecture, Siracusa).

The "L’Aquila, the Stones of Reconstruction" exhibition will be open throughout the Marmomacc show. The exhibition will document the heritage of "stones" in L'Aquila prior to the disastrous earthquake on 6 April 2009 and how the appeared immediately afterwards, through photographic set with material generated by Carsa for the publication titled "L’Aquila - Saving a City of Art". A small section of the exhibition is also dedicated to informative analysis of a number of projects developed by the Faculty of Architecture, Pescara, for the historic centre of Poggio Picenze, a village near L'Aquila boasting a strong identity linked with stone processing: the heritage to be saved (photographs by Carsa); restoration of the fountain of 99 spouts (FAI materials); surveys of the deterioration status of stone architecture and specific aspects (studies and research developed by the Department of History and Restoration, Faculty of Architecture, Pescara); research and design experiments into hypothetical reconstruction of stone architecture (involvement of Idea-Dart Design Departments), significant experiences, Poggio Picenze case study; "library" of stone materials with a display of certain stone fragments salvaged during security work on monuments; display of local stone materials available for the restoration of significant pieces and fragments; display of stone materials (from other areas) suitable for large-scale reconstruction of buildings.

Marmomacc will also see the presentation of "L’Aquila: Saving a City of Art" coordinated by Carsa Edizioni.


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Verona, 04/08/2011

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