: number two :
Making Center with Art

Time passes quickly and evolution no longer leaves room for what was previously at the center of city life, thus leaving the historic centers in a phase of decay, unable to become central and attract movements within them.

On 7 May 2014, with the coordination of Roberto Mascarucci, the “G. d'Annunzio ”welcomed the event that saw at the center of the debate the social and economic recovery that contemporary artistic production can activate in the marginal historical centers in Abruzzo.

The lectures held saw the collaboration of various parties, Claudio Varagnoli with "Art as an interpretation of the historical heritage", Fabio Severino with "The outcomes of art: employment and entrepreneurship" and Angelo Mosca and Alberto Mugnaini with "The artist in the system and its time ". To build a multidisciplinary discourse, the first intersected with the second phase, with four case studies already carried out in the region such as: "the Artist in the system and his time" in Castel di Ieri, "Progetto Cultura" in Castelbasso with Menegaz foundation, the “Albergo Diffuso” in Santo Stefano di Sessanio by the Sextantio foundation and “Visioni” in Civitella del Tronto by the Naca Arte association.

The final contributions exposed the artistic research, and not only, of some characters such as Damiano Colacito with "Painting on a given space", Sergio Sarra with "One or two things I know about the landscape", Angelo Sarleti with "The clear form of numbers, the beautiful shape of numbers ", Fausto Di Marco with" Action, restoration and documentation ", Massimiliano Scuderi with" Regenerating through culture ", Stefania Gruosso with" Creative production for the relaunch of urban residues ", Stefano D'Avino with “Dialogue between contemporary art and tradition: the case of Castelli” and finally Lucio Rosato with “The necessary void / authenticity and project”.

The collaborations of several parties, from historical heritage to art, from employment to entrepreneurship, demonstrate how it is possible to relaunch the economy with the materials of the territory.

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Postcard To Happening

Two hundred postcards arranged like lights on the city skyline become the fifth of Happening Architecture_ the revenge of humanism held last May 10 at the exMatta in Pescara. The “City Over City” setting spazioMONO.04, curated by the architect. Marino la Torre is the collector of a call for position launched on the issues of the structural crisis we are experiencing and which will necessarily change us. Participants are correspondents from Italy and abroad who have given their contribution through images, texts and impressions. The voice of Edoardo Oliva opens the day, interpreting some postcards by Renato Nicolini. The figure of the architect becomes central in such a rich event, one wonders about the end of the hegemony of specialists - which has dominated the culture of recent decades - and the "revenge of undisciplined explorers" animated by a humanistic tension. Architecture as a possibility to explore the boundaries, the frontiers of knowledge and not just a bridge between knowledge. Speakers are the director of Domus Nicola Di Battista, Alfonso Giancotti director of the house of architecture in Rome, researchers from Venice and Genoa. The discussion is enriched by a series of interferences, the performance Eau de vie by Matteo Pendenza and Giovanna Zampagni, Licia Galizia with In construction and with Music by Lilia Scandurra. The organizers, Chiara Rizzi and Alberto Ulisse close the event by thanking and inviting us to the next Happening! "Crisis? Yes thanks!"

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Works underground

Finally an InGeo seminar! Surely the university classroom was suitable for the technical-scientific depth it proposed, but a theatrical hall would certainly have been worthy of the show offered. Yes, the seminar held in Pescara last May 19 on underground works in an urbanized environment proposed by professor Nicola Sciarra, professor of geotechnics, by collaborator Ylenia Mascarucci and conducted by professor Alessandro Mandolini of the Second University of Naples is a really nice event. . The speaker, forgive me for the theatrical support, well-known and esteemed engineer known internationally, conducted with passion and overwhelming sympathy an interesting lesson on the resolution of some real problems encountered in the underground works for the realization of the new sections of the Naples metro line. Followed by a classroom full of people, about 150 students of engineering and geology, Mandolini has woven a canvas between the two disciplines, recalling basic concepts of one and the other area and showing some of the most interesting problems related to such a project. One of the many was the construction of tunnels for the underground line at a depth of 50 meters using cutting-edge techniques and technologies, that is, by freezing the ground. A technique that greatly interested the participants, also for the size and complexity of the intervention, giving food for thought to the students present. Subsequently, the speaker reflected on the project, its complexity and the difference between what is created on paper and what happens in reality. At the end of the seminar, the participants thanked the brilliant Neapolitan professor with a thunderous applause.

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Home Building Automation

Come or not, the time of the handyman is at the end. The new frontier, not only in the field of construction, is the sharing and specialization of the various areas from which the entire design and construction process branches out. Just think of the success that BIM (Building Information Modeling) is having, a model based on the sharing of information that relates a large amount of skills on a single platform, or the home automation sector, with the automation of buildings. and intelligent resource management. Immense potential certainly, but what led to all this? Going backwards, we can understand how behind these great evolutions, everything is governed by basic elements. Each figure, based on their skills, gives their decisive contribution; for example, the civil engineer, having in his cultural background, among others, statics, mechanics and dynamics, will be the one who will have to solve these problems.

In this sense, the seminar on home automation organized by the InGeo department and the ESAP association took place in the first days of May. Specifically, the meeting dealt with the technological and regulatory aspects of Home Building Automation. The speaker, Eng. Bruno De Nisco, using nice and useful analogisms, explained how, even in the electronic part of home automation, there is a need to "network" all the systems through protocols, or languages through which the systems are able to communicate between their. Exactly what must happen between the figures involved in a project, the architect, the engineer, the client, the installer, etc. they must establish a strong interrelationship reaching the goal together.

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