The talk of the “miracle of Genoa” has fallen to him never. “This bridge is the child of a terrible tragedy,” says Renzo Piano, he designed the viaduct over the river Polcevera, which was opened on Monday evening festivities. From the demolition of the last debris of the old bridge until the topping-out ceremony of the new it had taken little more than a year. This is for Italian conditions really half a miracle. Usually projects of the infrastructure in need of large, sometimes decades, until they are approved, and, finally, used can be built.

Matthias Rüb

Political correspondent for Italy, the Vatican, Albania and Malta, based in Rome.

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the Piano recalls the full pain of that day, as he learned from the collapse of the Morandi bridge in his home city of Genoa. It was on 14. August 2018 at 11.36 PM. A heavy summer thunderstorm just went over the Ligurian port city, as the Western Pylon of the cable-stayed bridge with prestressed concrete sagged in on itself. The roadway collapsed on a length of approximately 250 meters in depth. 43 people were killed. Allegedly negligent maintenance was a cause of the accident.

43 sail of mourning

a week after the disaster, the Piano began planning for a new bridge over the Polcevera valley. He was on the phone with the mayor Marco Bucci and the Ligurian regional President, Giovanni Toti, offered pro bono services. The city, in the he on 14. In September 1937, it was born as a Scion of a family of contractors, “to a Hand”. An integral part of the new bridge, made of concrete pillars and bridge elements made of steel, the 43 towering lanterns, to remember with your light every night of the 43 victims. “Bridges have to collapse the right,” says Piano. And even though he knows that nothing is holding the hand of man, Created forever, he wishes that the new bridge may be “a thousand years”. And Piano wants the bridge, which is named after Saint George, the patron Saint of Genoa, to be loved by the people.