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Wolf D. Prix in Perugia: Camminare Nella Storia - Beyond The Blue
March 19, 2009
The eastern slope of Perugia's acropolis has always rappresented a nevralgic and unsolved urban junction, even though it has endured profound morfological alterations throughout the centuries. The construction of the minimetrò station so closeby, together with the Mercato Coperto's (Covered Market's) restored functionality, open new prospectives that foreshow the possibility of increasing the network of pedestrian pathways that connect the city's arcopolis by emptying the thirteenth-century terracing. And, therfore, by rediscovering, physically and culturally, the ancient etruscan urban wall.
The research project "Walking in time. The valorisation of Perugia's acropolis through a system of innovative spaces and pedestrian connections", whose intention is to enrich Perugia with new public spaces of extraordinary historical and artistical qualities, is articulated into two different parts, a cognitive study and a concept study: the first study adresses the archeological secrets of a misterious and unexplored underworld; the point of the second study is to foresee the values of the pedestrian connection among the Piazza della Rupe area (elected panoramic hinge between the minimetrò station and the Mercato Coperto), the hypogean spaces of the Sopramuro, Via Mazzini (protected from the inclemencies of the weather by a glass gallery) and Corso Vannucci.
The cognitive study and the design for the arrangement of the hypogean spaces of the Sopramuro were led by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the University of Perugia; whereas the design of the glass gallery on the old Via Nuova (currently Via Mazzini) was commissioned to the archistar of international fame Wolf D. Prix of Coop Himmelb(l)au, that will be delivering a Distinguished Lecture for the occasion titled Beyond the Blue.

Lecture of Wolf D. Prix on the theme "Camminare Nella Storia - Beyond The Blue"
Main Hall of the University, Perugia, Italy
March 20, 2009, time 4:15 p.m.
 
 
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