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The famous international architect Renzo Piano has offered to design a new bridge to replace the collapsed Morandi Bridge in Genoa, free of charge. The 80 year-old, who designed the Shard in London and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, said he was offering his services as a gift to his hometown following the sudden collapse of the bridge on August 14.
Mr Piano made his offer to the Governor of the Liguria region, Giovanni Toti, who was happy to accept it.
“My commitment is primarily moral, to make sure that the new bridge will have the traits of Genoa, our qualities and a little of our parsimony,” the architect said. He added: “I can not think of anything other than this bridge.” Giovanni Toti responded by saying that the offer has been accepted “with joy.”
Forty-three lives were lost when the Morandi Bridge collapsed suddenly in a storm following several warnings of the urgent need of repairs or replacement. The highway operator, Autostrade per l’Italia, which is majority-owned by the Benetton family, has come under fire for putting profits above safety.
A rare survivor of the nuclear blast that effectively ended World War II in the Pacific has spoken to a group of mesmerised students and staff members at Lycée Albert I. Organised by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), The high school’s history and geography class were told the incredible and sad true […]
October has come to be known as ‘Pink October’ and many Monegasque organisations, as well as the government, are supporting the cause. Roughly two million women were diagnosed with breast cancer last year worldwide and of those an estimated 627,000 will die from the disease. That comes out to 15% of all cancer deaths for […]
A joint meeting was held last week between the Monegasque Ambassador to the US and Honorary Consuls from nine major North American cities to discuss collaborative efforts for the next calendar year. Considered one of America’s greenest cities, Seattle was the setting for the confluence and attracted the Monaco representatives for its achievements regarding environmental […]
The Princess Grace Foundation-USA will be paying tribute to their namesake, Princess Grace of Monaco, during a special fundraising gala this November. The celebration will mark the 90th anniversary of the birth of the Hollywood icon and beloved Princess of Monaco. Known throughout the world as a humanitarian, philanthropist, and artist, Princess Grace was committed to […]