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EWH meets partners in Perugia

A team from EWH visited Perugia in October, as the next meeting in the REDIAPRO project which looks to re-establish links between architecture and traditional crafts.

Oct 29, 2015

The meeting provided an opportunity to analyse the final outputs of the project, among them a series of videos explaining some of disappearing architectural crafts in the partnering countries. EWH has chosen three Scottish master craftsmen specialising in sash and case windows repairs, stone masonry and plaster work. The project aims to promote and strengthen vanishing craft skills, which are relevant to building restoration at the local and pan-European levels.

The meeting involved visits to craftsmen and conservation projects chosen by the hosts in Perugia. These included a visit to a restoration project of a medieval shelter in Corso Garibaldi with the project’s architect Mrs Giovanna Chiuini and the master craftsman Mrs Christiane Zschiesche. The project has benefitted from donations, which helped saving the building, with a new office and residential functions, giving it a sustainable future. The building itself shows a fascinating architectural evolution from the medieval times up to the renaissance, when decorative and functional changes were introduced to the building.

The visit was followed by seeing an exhibition presenting photos and methods of aerial recording of historic cities by using drones and hang gliders: “Vertigo umbra – L’Umbria vista dall’alto”. The meeting concluded at the Studio Moretti Caselli, which is the traditional glass and stained window laboratory, with a presentation explaining its unique history and still producing the finest quality of work.

Visits such as this are also useful to learn about the management of other historic cities and public realm. Perugia’s historic centre sits on a steep hill and is full of narrow pedestrian streets and bridges that are very reminiscent of the Old Town. It has some particularly good examples of paving, signage and lighting, which could provide inspiration for Edinburgh’s public realm.

Below: Views of Perguia's historic city centre.


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