Antico come nuovo. Restauro come brand di progetto di architettura
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: n.s. 2019, 2020
Ancient as new. Restoration as an architectural design ‘brand’
Among the thoughts that Giovanni Carbonara has offered for a broader reinterpretation of recent experiences in the culture of restoration, stand out those concerning the ‘current status’ of a building, and other ones concerning the ‘conceptual status’ of the building, between designing and subsequent realisation. In this way, Carbonara analyses the different positions of Jean Nouvel and Renzo Piano about Beaubourg in Paris, one of contemporary iconic architecture. The different way about ‘conserving’ the building becomes an opportunity to consider the intellectual path of the architectural restoration culture. In the dialectical comparison between Piano -one of the building’s designers- and Nouvel, the remarkable value that the French architect recognises at Beaubourg clearly emerges, even though the original project had undergone substantial changes for regulatory reasons; changes that would have distorted the ‘conceptual state’ of the design idea.