More than 50 years have passed from the first discussions of Bologna’s expansion to the north and the consequent design of Kenzo Tange’s ambitious project. The Fiera District, the only tangible remnant of that era, was officially opened in 1983, and it has continued to grow since then. Today, the first buildings to be built are in need of restoration, while the last one, a high-rise tower-like office building finished only in 2012, was designed according to a new set of energy and anti-seismic regulations. Moreover, it was completed with updated building technologies. Despite all these differences, the Fiera District still looks like a uniform whole. This remarkable result was achieved thanks to the joint efforts of a multitude of local professionals who worked following Tange’s instructions and with the goal of preserving the historically meaningful and easily recognisable contemporary image that the Japanese architect envisioned for Bologna. First, by using previously unpublished documents, our objective is to provide an insight into the complexities and contradictions of the construction process, thus enabling the inheritance of the Fiera District to be properly passed on to the future. Second, we wish to shed new light on the relationship between Kenzo Tange and Bologna, considering it a case study of primary importance for understanding the values of global modernities.

Technology, Materials, and the Future of Kenzo Tange's Fiera District in Bologna / Ines Tolic; Marco Pretelli. - STAMPA. - (2021), pp. 1386-1391. (Intervento presentato al convegno The 16th International docomomo Conference: Inheritable Resilience: Sharing Values of Global Modernities tenutosi a Tokyo nel 28 August - 2 September 2021).

Technology, Materials, and the Future of Kenzo Tange's Fiera District in Bologna

Ines Tolic
;
Marco Pretelli
2021

Abstract

More than 50 years have passed from the first discussions of Bologna’s expansion to the north and the consequent design of Kenzo Tange’s ambitious project. The Fiera District, the only tangible remnant of that era, was officially opened in 1983, and it has continued to grow since then. Today, the first buildings to be built are in need of restoration, while the last one, a high-rise tower-like office building finished only in 2012, was designed according to a new set of energy and anti-seismic regulations. Moreover, it was completed with updated building technologies. Despite all these differences, the Fiera District still looks like a uniform whole. This remarkable result was achieved thanks to the joint efforts of a multitude of local professionals who worked following Tange’s instructions and with the goal of preserving the historically meaningful and easily recognisable contemporary image that the Japanese architect envisioned for Bologna. First, by using previously unpublished documents, our objective is to provide an insight into the complexities and contradictions of the construction process, thus enabling the inheritance of the Fiera District to be properly passed on to the future. Second, we wish to shed new light on the relationship between Kenzo Tange and Bologna, considering it a case study of primary importance for understanding the values of global modernities.
2021
Inheritable Resilience: Sharing Values of Global Modernities
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1391
Technology, Materials, and the Future of Kenzo Tange's Fiera District in Bologna / Ines Tolic; Marco Pretelli. - STAMPA. - (2021), pp. 1386-1391. (Intervento presentato al convegno The 16th International docomomo Conference: Inheritable Resilience: Sharing Values of Global Modernities tenutosi a Tokyo nel 28 August - 2 September 2021).
Ines Tolic; Marco Pretelli
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