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A walk through contemporary architecture in Genoa: Giacomo Carlini Stadium.

The video "Trusses" was conceived and filmed by students of the "Architectural Design" course held by Valter Scelsi at Genoa University. The aim was to focus attention on contemporary architecture and its maintenance: when architectural value is overlooked, even valuable buildings are affected by deterioration.

The short movie introduces the "Giacomo Carlini" Stadium in Sturla, a neighbourhood of Genoa. The sports structure was built in 1912 by the Nafta Society and restored in 1988 by Aldo Rizzo. Over the years, the stadium acted as a key meeting point in the city, hosting sports associations' headquarters and competitions. As the city grew, the stadium gradually lost its centrality in city life.

The film shows the double face of the building: isolation and deterioration prevail at first glance, but a deeper observation reveals the vitality of the activities hosted by the stadium. The University Sports Centre uses the stadium for rugby training and competitions, as well as for cycling, but the building's architectural qualities are now concealed due to degradation caused by a lack of maintenance resources.


Architect: Nafta Society
Mentioned project: "Giacomo Carlini" Stadium (1921-27)
Project location: Genoa, Italy

Italy 2016
Duration: 1'30''