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The Trento Tunnels Project

April 22, 2019, 6:00 PM


“The Trento Tunnels Project”
an experiment in the recovery of an abandoned industrial site
in the reinvention of the history museum
in the animation of historical archives

Imagine two 300 meter superhighway tunnels wide enough to accommodate four side-by-side tractor trailers, snaking under the cliff that faces the Northern Italian capital city of Trento. Cut in the 1970s at the expense of the city’s historic Piedicastello district, replaced in October 2007, these literal “galleries” were brought back to life during the summer of 2008 by means of an unprecedented urban reclamation project carried out by the Fondazione Museo Storico del Trentino, FilmWork (Trento), Studio Terragni Architetti, and Gruppe Gut (Bolzano), under the curatorial and scholarly direction of Harvard professor Jeffrey Schnapp. The project has been published in some of the world’s leading architectural reviews, received the Italian Oxygen prize from the design magazine Abitare, and has been exhibited at the MAXXI in Rome (where the installation model is part of the museum’s permanent collection). This  lecture by Prof. Jeffrey Schnapp (Harvard University) will tell the story of the Trento Tunnels with particular attention to the challenges faced both by curators and historians as they seek bring historical records to life.


April 22, 2019
6:00 PM


Serena Ferrando


Room 215, Lovejoy Building, Colby College
Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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