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Rebuild and restore the Morandi Viaduct?

The Morandi viaduct is an extraordinary testimony to the “Italian industrial revolution” and Italian design and technical excellence. It is therefore truly astonishing that the idea of reinforcing the structure not affected by the collapse – most of the viaduct – making it fully safe and connected by a new steel bridge with a different style, has not even been considered. This seems to be the only hypothesis which is truly feasible in a short time, without sacrificing the evacuated homes and businesses and restoring Genoa’s transport links in a timely manner. On the other hand, the complete demolition of the viaduct is extremely problematic in operational, economic and cultural terms, and the result of a knee-jerk reaction that does not acknowledge that the city’s infrastructure, far from being “genetically wrong”, is the victim of a failure of maintenance and insufficient upgrades. This book presents the views of academics and experts on the subject.

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