Il ponte di Piantorre e la tutela delle prime infrastrutture in cemento armato in Italia
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: 73-74, 2021
Piantorre’s bridge and the conservation of the first concrete infrastructures in Italy
The professional opportunity of the author to deal with a small old bridge in an italian area on the border with France, gave rise to a reflection on the subject. The small bridge of Piantorre, constructed in 1913, is one of the first built in Italy with the concrete technique of the French François Hennebique, thanks to the activity of the engineer Giovanni Antonio Porcheddu’s Society, who built many of the most important Italian structures with this technique in these years, such as the Risorgimento bridge in Rome and the new bell tower of San Marco in Venice. Often the ancient infrastructures can appear obsolete and the theme of their demolition or transformation arises: regardless of the issues related to the safety of people, which must always be guaranteed, it will be essential to study all possible alternatives and carefully document the state of affairs.