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THE SECRETS OF THE ITALIAN ART OF RESTORATION FOR FOREIGN WORKERS
Training courses dedicated to restoration and urban development, such as showing overseas professionals how to restore new life to structures that were originally intended for other uses, but which are now expected to contain wellness centres, residences for tourists, and even hospitals. The courses will take place in Rome and other Italian cities from the 17th to the 23rd of March and will be organised by the ICE (the Italian Trade Promotion Agency), in collaboration with the Assorestauro association.
There will be thirty-five foreign workers involved, from Turkey, Israel, Russia, Colombia, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, Poland, Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo and Slovenia. They will be taken on a journey that will provide many examples, including the historic and religious issues faced by Rome, and those in urban areas devastated by earthquakes, as happened in the town of L’Aquila, or some towns in the Reggio Emilia region. Professionals, university professors and Made in Italy business will be their guides.
One method of reinforcing the notion that urban restoration is the engine of development in the country is through sharing and spreading technologies, knowledge and design where Italy is at the cutting edge. The starting point is therefore the characteristic Bernini Colonnade in Rome. Here, we explain how the precious columns were protected from atmospheric pollution. We then move to the town of L’Aquila, in the Abruzzo region, where the focus changes to the post-earthquake reconstruction that has finally begun after many difficulties, as well as in Reggio Emilia, where the post-earthquake recovery began much more rapidly, looking at the work undertaken by the Salone del Restauro di Ferrara. There will be no theoretical lectures as such by those attending the seminars, but mostly visits to business research centres and to work sites, in order to view the materials and techniques up close and see the results.
This initiative is tied closely to others that will take place over the course of the year in a number of countries. In Turkey, for example, after the huge successes in restoring and illuminating the Clock Tower, the illumination of the Fashion Palace in Istanbul, and of the Hamet III fountain, the month of April will see the opening of training-worksites organised by Assorestauro that will give new life to the Sheikh Suleiman Mosque. Furthermore, another training-worksite will open in December in Colombia, in Cartagena de Indias, while a feasibility study is under way on the possibility of opening another in Israel.
Other events related to restoration will take place this year: A networking mission of face-to-face meetings with entrepreneurs will take place in Morocco in May, while Moscow, Russia, will host one of the most intriguing missions: a restoration college, closely collaborating with Assorestauro’s experts.