Reconstrução da Igreja Madre de Salemi [Reconstruction of the Mother Church of Salemi], Salemi, Italy (1984-1987)
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51 reprographic copies
0.09 linear meters of textual documentation
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This project series documents the Reconstrução da Igreja Madre de Salemi in Salemi, Italy. While the records were held in the office’s archives this project was assigned the number /80 1. The office assigned the date 1983-1997 for this project.
The reconstruction of the mother Church of Salemi, the construction of the Piazza Alicia, and the rehabilitation of Plano Cascio was part of an urban renewal for Salemi. In 1968, an earthquake destroyed the Igreja Madre de Salemi and damaged the area. The church was never rebuilt. In 1982, Roberto Collovà and Siza we're chosen by the Curia of Mazara del Vallo for the reconstruction of the church. Instead of rebuilding it, the architects decided to use the ruins to create something new that would represent the spirit of the church and the memory of the earthquake. Even if the office archivist created two disctinct projects, both architects insisted on the importance to see the reconstruction of the Mother of Church of Salemi as the same project as the Piazza Alicia.
Documenting this project are plans, project documentation, and correspondence.
Material in this series was arranged by Álvaro Siza’s office and has been kept in this order.
When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation: Álvaro Siza fonds, Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.
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The reconstruction of the Igreja Madre, the construction of the Piazza Alica (AP178.S1.1984.PR01), and the rehabilitation of the Plano Cascio (AP178.S1.1986.PR01) are all linked and were part of the urban renewal of Salemi.