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IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints

IASS Symposium 2014

SESSION: Historical Spatial Structures

Pier Luigi Nervi’s PalaEUR: fifty years and counting

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Historical Spatial Structures
  • Title: Pier Luigi Nervi’s PalaEUR: fifty years and counting
  • Author(s): Manuel CRESCIANI
  • Keywords: Olympiads, Pier Luigi Nervi, PalaEUR, and Legacy.
The significance of the Summer Olympic Games as a global event has been growing almost exponentially, encouraged by the growth of satellite television. London 2012 was the biggest media event in history. The astronomic cost of hosting the Games now puts pressure on the economy of every country that takes on the challenge. Yet, the great prestige and promised income encourages an increasing number of cities to bid for hosting Games every four years. There is also a perception that the legacy strategy during the bidding process, is gaining increasing influence on the decision of where to award the next Games. The purpose of this paper is to offer a brief perspective on the historical development of Olympic Games’ buildings and the priorities for their after use, through a particular case study: the PalaEUR designed by Pier Luigi Nervi for the 1960’s Olympiads in Rome. The reason of this choice resides in the need to identify valid examples for a long term evaluation; in other words, how Olympic venues can been used by the community after more than 50 years from their construction. The focus of the study will be related, on one hand, to the original design process and architectural quality of the PalaEUR, now renamed PalaLottomatica, and, on the other, to the description and evaluation of the major refurbishment and interventions occurred after the Games. This research project, of which this paper is a first contribution, aims ultimately to offer guidelines for future Olympic Games with design principles to maximise effective sustainable use of the buildings and regeneration of an Olympic city: for example the next one, Rio 2016.

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