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The Morandi Bridge resurrection

PortandTerminal.com, June 28, 2019

The Morandi Bridge, an important access route to the Port of Genoa, Italy, was blown up today, a year after its partial collapse last year killed 43 people. The awarded architect Renzo Piano will build its replacement.

Genoa, Italy – Explosives tore down two towers of the Morandi bridge last week as cannons shot water over the 20,000 cubic metres of steel and concrete to prevent huge clouds of dust engulfing the city.

The bridge collapsed on August 14, 2018, in heavy rain, sending dozens of vehicles plunging 50 metres to the ground below and killing 43 people.

The Morandi Bridge collapsed on August 14, 2018, killing 43 people in Genoa, Italy. The bridge was a major access route to the Port of Genoa

The collapse badly hurt access to Genoa’s port and meant a lengthy detour for drivers wanting to head onwards to southern France.

The collapse of the iconic bridge is a tragic and bitter recent memory for Genoa.

New bridge

On December 19, 2018, city mayor Marco Bucci announced a €202 million new bridge ($229 million) over the Polcevera River to replace the collapsed Morandi Bridge. 

The new bridge will be designed by architect Renzo Piano, one of the world’s most important living architects. Mr Piano has taken on the project at no cost. The project is an emotional one for him.

Renzo Piano

Architect Renzo Piano

Mr Piano is an important and celebrated architect who got his start as the co-designer of Paris’s Centre Pompidou. In 1998 he was awarded the Pritzker Prize for Architecture, the profession’s highest honor.

Centre Pompidou, Paris

More recently Renzo Piano designed The Shard in London.

The Shard, London

As well as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

The Morandi Bridge resurrection

Mr Piano has offered both his concept and his supervision on the project for free, calling it “an act of civic duty.”

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