Pier Luigi Nervi was a prolific engineer and architect who pushed the boundaries of reinforced concrete with daring innovations and expressive concepts. The construction of Torino Esposizioni Exhibition Halls offered Nervi the first large-scale opportunity to combine prefabricated construction elements with his pioneering innovations in ferrocement, concrete reinforced with thin, multiple layers of wire mesh resulting in material that is both flexible and structurally sound. Shaped like a modern cathedral, Hall B consists of a wide nave covered by a cylindrical barrel vault and of an apse capped by a ribbed, half-dome inset with ferrocement tiles. This stylish and functional combination of precast and pour-in-place concrete elements is repeated in Hall C. 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.
Keeping It Modern is a grant initiative funded by the Getty Foundation focused on supporting model projects for the conservation of modern architecture. The teams involved on the present project will work on the two halls built by Pier Luigi Nervi by carrying out 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 to prepare the structure for new use.
CALL FOR STUDENTS INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP on P.L. Nervi architecture preservation within the Erasmus+ project REcube: REthink, REvive, REuse - Transmitting the knowledge for the green regeneration of the European Concrete Heritage, which aims at teaching a sustainable, integrated and holistic approach to the conservation and renovation of Modern Concrete European Architectural Heritage. Further information is available at: https://www.recube-project.eu/
<span class="Y2IQFc">Images of Hall B cleared for testing.</span>
Rosario Ceravolo and Erica Lenticchia in conversation with Roberto Casiraghi, organizer of The Photo Art Fair 2021 exhibition held in Torino Esposizioni. The interview is in Italian and is accessible at the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8RmRuoew-s
Challenges in the preservation of the architectural heritage of the 20th century: themes and experiences
Excellence Course - Challenges in the preservation of the architectural heritage of the 20th century: themes and experiences
Excellence course of the Doctoral School of the Politecnico di Torino, organized in collaboration with the KIM Getty project. See the attached poster.