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Renzo Piano On 'Civic Duty' In Our Cities

Renzo Piano On 'Civic Duty' In Our Cities
Renzo Piano On 'Civic Duty' In Our Cities, President Giorgio Napolitano and Renzo Piano (2012). Image Courtesy of La Repubblica
President Giorgio Napolitano and Renzo Piano (2012). Image Courtesy of La Repubblica

In The New Yorker's latest Postcard from Rome Elizabeth Kolbert talks to Renzo Piano in his Senate Office at the Palazzo Giustiniani, just around the corner from the Pantheon. Piano, who was named a Senator for Life by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in September 2013 (when he was 75 years of age), immediately "handed over the office, along with his government salary, to six much younger architects." He then "asked them to come up with ways to improve the periferie - the often run-down neighborhoods that ring Rome and Italy’s other major cities." Kolbert attests to Piano's belief in the power of museums and libraries and concert halls. For him, "they become places where people share values [and] where they stay together." "This is what I call the civic role of architecture."

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Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "Renzo Piano On 'Civic Duty' In Our Cities" 13 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/586070/renzo-piano-on-civic-duty-in-our-cities/> ISSN 0719-8884

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