Buzzi Unicem, supporter of the second edition of the General States of Industrial Heritage, presents the Buzzi Unicem ArenA project
Buzzi Unicem is a supporter of the second edition of the General States of Industrial Heritage, held from 9 to 11 June in Rome and Tivoli. Organized by the Italian Association for Industrial Archaeological Heritage (AIPI), in conjunction with the Department of Civil, Building and Environmental Engineering of Sapienza University, and in collaboration with the Villa Adriana and Villa d'Este Institute (MiC), the international congress features a packed agenda of meetings and talks focusing on national and international industrial heritage, the goal of which is to promote cultural and business values where "the future of memory" defies time and builds the foundations for the future.
The signs of production and work are interwoven throughout the territories and cities of today, ranging from those imprinted in the post-industrial landscape to those seen in the organization, aspirations and critical issues of contemporary society. These visible effects of a very recent past are impossible to overlook within the context of the cultural, economic, social and environmental challenges of the present and the years to come, so it is ever more important that we reclaim and showcase this industrial heritage.
With an agenda of 11 themed sessions, the congress brings a fresh, new view to topics ranging from industry sectors and the classic specializations of "Industrial Archaeology", and starting with the machine, the lynchpin of industry, extends its sweep to cities, territories and landscapes, research, and operational strategies and practices. Over 350 participants, including professionals, academics, and representatives from institutions and heritage bodies, will attend the three-day event.
The General States of Industrial Heritage are a truly unique concept and based on the same cultural and business values recognized by Buzzi Unicem and the inspiration behind the ArenA Buzzi Unicem project, which will be officially presented in a special session on June 10.
The goal of the Buzzi Unicem ArenA project is to create an artistic environment that encompasses multiple cultural and social formats within a single production site, namely Buzzi Unicem’s Guidonia Montecelio cement plant. It will be an opportunity to explore the work that led to its conception: a collaboration between several entities, in which the realm of industrial architecture serves as a link between the plant and the surrounding social environment, boosting urban regeneration and helping to break down barriers and create opportunities for development and progress.
As part of the Industrial Tourism session promoted by the specialist agency Clematis, the program also includes an opportunity to visit the Buzzi Unicem plant in Guidonia and see how industrial production can coexist with cultural production, and how industry can draw closer to the city, its suburbs and society at large, by presenting a dynamic and positive view of industrial space.
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