Saved – Artemio Franchi Stadium
By Pier Luigi Nervi, Florence, Italy, 1929-1931

Great news!

Docomomo International became aware that the risk situation of Artemio Franchi Stadium, an icon of modern Italian architecture, took a turn.

In risk of being demolished due to an amendment included in the Italian Simplification Decree: art. 55-bis of Legislative Decree no. 76/2020, which has nullified the effectiveness of the Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape which is linked to one of the most important principles of the Italian Constitution, Article 9, an international wave of critics and raising awareness came up. An unprecedented collective appeal to save the Stadium was sent to the Mayor Nardella and the municipal administration, being it signed by some of the most renown architects, historians and engineers worldwide, namely Tadao Ando, Norman Foster, Richard Meier, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Álvaro Siza Vieira, Rafael Moneo, Steven Holl, Mario Cucinella, Alejandro Aravena, Santiago Calatrava.
Also, Docomomo International spread the news and sent support letters, namely to the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism or the Higher Council for Cultural and Landscape Heritage.
Furthermore a petition to save the Artemio Franchi Stadium was set up.

Now, after the Italian Ministry of Culture having issued an opinion specifically protecting the entire structure of the Stadio Franchi, the Mayor Dario Nardella announced that, as the Pier Luigi Nervi Project Foundation has suggested, the city of Florence will commence a study of the entire Campo di Marzio district, possibly with an international competition, that will include a restoration of Nervi’s Stadium.
The press release of Pier Luigi Nervi Project Association can be seen here [Italian].

“This work, created by Pier Luigi Nervi between 1929 and 1931, is among the most important monuments of Italian architecture, due to its unprecedented role as structural architecture, inaugurating a new way of seeing and conceiving shapes, and of realizing them through e technologies and construction methods that were cutting-edge for their time. Nervi’s stadium is a paradigmatic work when considered in relation to many successive stadiums that have re-proposed and reinterpreted its essential beauty.”

To read the previous article by docomomo international go to: https://www.docomomo.com/2020/11/10/sign-the-petition-save-the-artemio-franchi-stadium/
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