Leonardo Benevolo and historic cities at “Exporting the Urban Core”

September 14, 2015

The exhibition, whose core is the enhancement of the historical centers from post-Second World War to the eighties-nineties, revolves around the figure and work of the famous architect, city planner and architectural historian Leonardo Benevolo.

 

Centro Storico di Brescia - dal PRG del 1980 di L.Benevolo © L. Benevolo Archive

Centro Storico di Brescia – dal PRG del 1980 di L.Benevolo © L. Benevolo Archive

 

The exhibition “Exporting the Urban Core “, curated by Benno Albrecht and Anna Magrin will be open from September 11 to  December 11 at Palazzo Martinengo delle Palle, in San Martino della Battaglia 18, in Brescia. The exhibition, whose core is the enhancement of the historical centers from the post-Second World War to the eighties-nineties, revolves around the figure and work of the famous architect, city planner and architectural historian Leonardo Benevolo.


 

Practical information

“Exporting the Urban Core”
September 11 to  December 11 2015

Palazzo Martinengo delle Palle
Monday Saturday, 15:00 to 18:00
Via San Martino della Battaglia 18
Brescia

 


For each of the 70 Italian and foreign cities that have embraced the working method of Benevolo, there are on display a model, four tables, an explanation text and a tablet where you can see documents and photographs. There is also a catalog of 400 pages which contains several essays on the 70 cities analyzed.

 

Ascoli Piceno © Archivio fotografico Leonardo Benevolo

Ascoli Piceno © Archivio fotografico Leonardo Benevolo

 

The themes of the exhibition are the evolution of the defense of physical integrity of historic centers, its development and the possibilities of its future. The exhibition is part of the exhibition Triennale Xtra, extending through the Lombardy region during the course of Expo 2015, as a side activity of the Milan Triennale. The initiative, organized in eleven exhibitions, is dedicated to architecture, art and design, and allows the discovery of some of the most beautiful cities in Lombardy through the interpretation of issues related to the territory.

 

Il Centro Storico di Brescia in una foto aerea del 1974 © archivio Settore Urbanistica Comune di Brescia

Il Centro Storico di Brescia in una foto aerea del 1974 © archivio Settore Urbanistica Comune di Brescia

 

The exhibits feature important personalities of Italian art and architecture, as Aldo Andreani (Mantua) and Giuliano Mauri (Lodi) or recall the passage of Le Corbusier (Milan). The current topics covered include the historical centers (Brescia), school (Como), the alpine architecture (Sondrio) and the motorway (Bergamo), places related to the history as the Sacred Mountains (Varese), the automation process of building production (Lecco), the transformation of large brownfields (Sesto San Giovanni) and the process of design (Monza and Brianza).

 

Centro Storico di Brescia - Tipologie - dal PRG del 1980 di L.Benevolo © L. Benevolo Archive

Centro Storico di Brescia – Tipologie – dal PRG del 1980 di L.Benevolo © L. Benevolo Archive

 

The identification of a specific process of cognitive analysis and operational action in the city’s historic areas was established in Italy as a result of a research from the immediate post-war period that has involved designers, municipalities and civil society. The project of the existing city is one of the most important and original contributions that Italian intellectuals made to international research in the field of architecture and the city of the past century.

 

Venezia, Archivio fotografico Leonardo Benevolo © L. Benevolo Archive

Venezia, Archivio fotografico Leonardo Benevolo © L. Benevolo Archive

 

The experiments undertaken in the Italian cities have been a model that has spread around the world, adopted by international institutions. The exhibition shows examples from around the world, highlighting the history and methods, by means of displaying plans and projects drawn up after World War II to today. It also investigates the possible development of urban renewal in the near future, in the western city and in the rapid development in emerging countries.

 

Toledo © Archivio fotografico Leonardo Benevolo

Toledo © Archivio fotografico Leonardo Benevolo

Bologna, Archivio fotografico Leonardo Benevolo © Archivio fotografico Leonardo Benevolo

Bologna, Archivio fotografico Leonardo Benevolo © Archivio fotografico Leonardo Benevolo

 

The exhibition represents a real opportunity for reflection on the historical center, which allows you to take a trip on distant cities and territories while in Brescia, bound through a common thread, represented by the planning policies.

 

"Urbicidi". Umberto Saraceni © Brescia Urban Center

“Urbicidi”. Umberto Saraceni. “Exporting the urban core” © Brescia Urban Center

 


 

News source: Comune Brescia