the state-of-the-art methodology for the conservation fo the ancient monuments
(Florence, Pisa 18th-19th February 2005)

  The International Conference
is addressed to Young Researchers (with
up to 10 years of experience
) and Docent as well, and held in Florence and Pisa. It starts from the dissemination of the idea and of the consequent technology invented on purpose to stabilize and repair the Pisa Bell Tower and the Mexico City Cathedral, two extremely important monuments threatened with danger of collapse by soil settlements since the very beginning of their construction.

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The conference provides key-note lectures by Protagonists
(members of the International Commission for the Safeguard
of Pisa Bell Tower) who conceived and operated the
project and other Experts on:
-  Cultural Goods and related importance in the Social Life
-  Meaning of the Pisa Bell Tower in the History of Architecture
and of the     Load Bearing Structural Systems
-  Soil Mechanics of Pisa, Soil Settlements and related
    Damages to buildings
-  New approach to the specific problem and new Ideas
-  Innovative Technology, Application Techniques
-  Problem and Fund Management, Bureaucratic
-  Yard Organization
-  Soil Consolidation, Structural Strengthening

 The purposes of the proposed Meeting are:
-  learn how to choose the right technical proposal to fulfil the requirements (safeguard of the architectural and historiccharacteristics of the Monument, efficiency, lasting, security)
-  apprentice the mental processes of how to pass from IDEA to REALIZATION
-  adequate the existing technology to the new tasks
- study the applicability of the new technology other Locations/Situations/Problems
-  forecasting effectiveness of the measure in the time
-  forecasting secondary problems which can arise and
their handling
-  presentation of similar cases in Europe and first
approach for application of the above mentioned techniques

Introductory lectures, discussions, applicability to similar problems, workshops and visits are
the milestones of this conference. Applicants will be mainly young researchers (with
up to 10 years of experience) from European member and candidate countries with also
the participation of European third countries.

- Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation
- Collegio degli Ingegneri della Toscana



 Preliminary draft of the program:

17th of February 2005:
arrival of the participants

18th of February 2005
: international conference

9.00 a.m. - 11.00 a.m. State Archive of Florence (Viale Giovine Italia, 6)
Conference “THE RESTORATION OF THE PISA LEANING TOWER: the state-of-the-art methodology for the conservation fo the ancient monuments” –morning session
Prof. Michele Jamiolkowski (Head of the Committee for the Safeguard of the Pisa Tower) and the other Experts of the Committee will explaine the architectural, engineering and logistic aspects of the last restoration of the most famous tower
SPECIAL and UNIQUE documentation prepared by Prof. Michele Jamiolkowski and the other members of the Committee for the Safeguard of the Pisa Tower will be given to the participants of the conference:
– Piazza dei Miracoli and its Monuments (by Prof. Salvatore Settis, Director of the Scuola Normale di Pisa)
10.45 a.m. -11.45 a.m. Coffee break
– The International Committee for the Safeguard of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (by Prof. M. Jamiolkowski, Techincal University of Torino)
– Piazza dei Miracoli: Archaeological Findings (by Prof. Salvatore Settis)
1.00 p.m. Lunch at Vivahotels Capitol Santa Croce

2.30 p.m. - 6.30 p.m. State Archive of Florence (Viale Giovine Italia, 6)
Conference “THE RESTORATION OF THE PISA LEANING TOWER: the state-of-the-art methodology for the conservation fo the ancient monuments” – noon session
– Leaning Tower of Pisa: geotechnical stabilisation (Prof. Carlo Viggiani, University Feredrico II Napoli)
– Leaning Tower of Pisa: structural strengthening (Prof. Giorgio Macchi, University of Pavia)
4.00 - 4.15 p.m. Tea break
– Leaning Tower of Pisa: architectural restoration (Prof. Michele D’Elia and Arch. Gisella Capponi, Institute for Conservation of Cultural Heritage of the Ministri for the Cultural Heritage)
9.00 p.m. Palazzo Capponi (Piazza Frescobaldi) – Hall of the Frescos
International Concert Vocalissimo
Young musicians from Slovakia, France, Poland and U.S.A. taking part to the program of the Foundation will perform classical opera pieces for participants to the Best Diploma International Show-Competition

19 of February 2005: international conference

8.30 a.m. Vivahotel Alexander Novoli, Departure for Pisa by a private coach
10.00 a.m. Arrival to Pisa and visit to the Piazza dei Miracoli and Pisa Leaning Tower
13.00 p.m. lunch

3.00 p.m. Museo Opera della Primaziale Hall
Final meeting with the President of the Pisa Museums (Pierfrancesco Pacini) and conclusion
  Departure from Pisa

 Participation requirements:
Young researchers who are interested to present a paper at the conference are requested to
1. the reasons for their participation and the subjects they would receive some deepening
(2 keywords)
2. one (or more) related case-study (maximum 2.000 characters on the whole; 3 keywords)
3. Curriculum Vitae

Expression of interest and documents within 30th of December 2004

 Participation fees:
150 € par participants including:
coffee breaks,
two buffets
journey to Pisa.
The organisation will provide special cards to get rebated fares at Florentine canteen services.

Fees must be paid within 30th of December 2004.

 Hotel accommodation in Florence
Vivahotels, as supporter of the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, will provide esclusively for this event a special 10% discount on the lowest rate published on its website  for the participants who will book a room in one of the following hotels in Florence:
Vivahotel Alexander Novoli****
Vivahotel  Laurus al Duomo****
Vivahotel Pitti Palace al Ponte Vecchio***
Vivahotel Capitol S. Croce***
Vivahotel Fleming Novoli***

Please contact Vivahotels Reservation Centre in order to check the availability and your preferential rate to the following numbers within 10th January 2005:
telephone+39 055 294687
fax +39 055 290730

Remark: VIVACARD FRIENDS bearers are kindly requested to specify the number of their card to take advantage of the card conditions

WORLD SITE HOTELS & TRAVEL ( will provide, on demand,  other additional services at special prices, such as :
- 3 hours Florence walking tour with guide
- Chianti Tours
- Auto or Minivan Transfer from Rail way station and Airport to city center

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