- Start-up of innovative research to support management of the Mantova and Sabbioneta UNESCO World Heritage sites.
- One visiting professor per year for the four years of the project.
- Assignment of two grants for two-year post-doctoral research.
The "Mantua UNESCO Chair" will develop a bridge between universities and research centers dedicated to architectural, and for actors both in the public and the private sectors involved in UNESCO World Heritage. The international research and educational activities are conceived in order to include fieldwork and direct experiences of researchers, MSc and PhD students and practitioners involved, transferring innovative approaches directly to current and future preservation practitioners and researchers.
"Mantua UNESCO Chair" has launched two grants for doctoral research:
as for Doctoral research in Architecture, Construction Engineering, the theme in
Architecture and Historical contexts.
The research analyse the role of the architect and sculptor Aldo Andreani (1887-1971), born in Mantova, and his contribution to the architectural and artistic debate in the town, from the period before the First World War to the following years, during which he will work also outside the city limits. It will be attended particular attention to the Camera di Commercio of Mantova, an architecture highly representative of the mental and creative constructs of Andreani and its unbreakable connection between architecture and sculpture.
As for Doctoral research in Preservation of Architectural Heritage, the theme in
History and Preservation of 20th-century Architecture.
The research is focused on the study of historic masonry structures including also the analysis of several monumental buildings on the Mantua district (paying particular attention to the cultural heritage of Sabbioneta). The research aims to developing basic knowledge on the behavior of masonry and elements that constitute it, deepening some aspects of diagnostic survey, testing reinforcement systems and new techniques for structural monitoring of historic buildings.
And two reasearch grants:
Gonzaga Residences in early XVI Century. Architecture and court ceremonies.
The research is focused on the Gonzaga residences during the dukedom of Federico II (1519-1540) and aims to deepen the relation between architecture and use of these buildings. The case-studies are palazzo Te, palazzo San Sebastiano, the palaces in Porto, Poggio Reale, Revere, Gonzaga and Marmirolo, the castles in Goito, Cavriana, Pietole. This work examines the court ceremonies as fascinating occasions for using architecture. By reading the architectural transformations as a phenomenon of political relationships, the goal is connecting Gonzaga dukedom with other Italian courts and other European centers of power.
Managing change in world heritage cities: conservation and planning issues.
Culture is a key dimension in the history of cities where the design of urban development strategies combines the aim to preserve the wealth of cultural heritage with the search for present-day progress. In this context cultural heritage becomes a strategic asset for the definition of policies and strategies of economic development, urban regeneration and social inclusion. After having set a unique theoretical framework for the analysis of different world heritage cities around the globe the research work seeks to create platforms for critical debate through the adoption of an approach that cuts across disciplinary boundaries of conservation, planning, tangible and intangible heritage, and the emerging area of the economics of heritage.