The sustainable beauty of restoration

WED 28 September - 11.00 a.m. 

Europauditorium Palazzo dei Congressi, Bologna

The concept of building restoration is closely tied up with that of environmental sustainability because it involves reusing existing buildings to achieve the goal of zero land consumption. These kinds of architectural projects are far from trivial, however, because they must find solutions suited to the new uses of the buildings, which often differ significantly from their original functions.

The conference will be moderated by Fulvio Irace and will be divided into two parts devoted to two different architectural projects carried out in Sicily: Casa Asilo and Palazzo Butera.

Award-winning Italian architect Giuseppina Grasso Cannizzo will present the Casa Asilo project, which involved redeveloping a former kindergarten (a building intended for public use) and converting it into a private residence.

Architect Giovanni Cappelletti will present the Palazzo Butera project in Palermo. In many ways this is the exact opposite of the kindergarten project as it involves restoring a sumptuous private villa and opening it up for public use as an art workshop. In this project, the environmental sustainability of the restoration work goes hand in hand with the issue of social sustainability.

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