Famous Italian architect Elisabetta Fabbri gave a lecture to Sibstrin students

On February 22, 2022, the lecture of the famous Italian architect Elisabetta Fabbri “Italian Art and Architecture in the Modern World” was held at the NSUACE (Sibstrin). The event was organized by the Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning of NSUACE (Sibstrin) in collaboration with WWTC MOSCOW LLC.

Elisabetta Fabbri is an honored architect of Italy. She is the head of restoration workshop in Venice. She has been the curator of restoration work in the most important opera houses in Italy for almost twenty years of her professional career. They are La Scala in Milan, La Fenice Opera House in Venice, Petruzzelli in Bari, San Carlo in Naples and others. She has got the projects of the functional adaptation of historical buildings in Venice, Milan, Bologna, Naples, Bari, etc. In 2005 she was awarded the Commendatore Award by the President of Italy. She is the author of articles on the reconstruction and restoration of theaters, the participant of a numerous international conferences.

During the lecture Elisabeth Fabbri spoke about the history and features of the restoration school in Italy, theoretical and practical aspects of restoration. She shared with students and the faculty of the Institute of Architecture and Urban Planning NSUACE (Sibstrin) her views and experience of this activity as preserving the cultural heritage and increasing its value are among the most important and highly-demanded skills. The architects, in her opinion, should give an analogue of the Hippocratic oath: “Not just do beautiful things, but, more significantly, do not do erroneous things: the stairs where people can stumble, the windows that let little light in or vice versa, let too much light in, the rooms with poor sound insulation. I name it the responsibility of the architect”.

She also spoke about the stages of work (from material collecting to the implementation), about the difficulties which the conservation architect should face, and the decisions of which she is proud of. The example of such unique historical objects are La Fenice Opera House in Venice that suffered from the fire, the well-known theater La Scala in Milan, San Carlo theater in Naples and one more unfinished project of Comunale Theater reconstruction in L'Aquila City that suffered greatly as a result of an earthquake in 2009.

According to E. Fabbri, the future of restoration is a harmonious and functional combination of “old” and “new”. It allows you to preserve historical objects using innovative technologies, and it makes it possible to use them taking into account modern requirements.

The lecture was accompanied by a multimedia presentation of the material and aroused a great interest among the participants. The organizers are sure that this meeting will be especially useful for students, since it allows to get acquainted with the unique experience of the eminent architect who has been engaged in real projects for many years.

In addition, Elisabeth Fabbri got acquainted with the university. She visited the History Museum of NSUACE (Sibstrin) and the laboratory of the International Department of UNESCO, where she noted the importance of preserving the historical and cultural heritage at all levels. As a gift from the university administration, the guest received a CD with a film about Andrey Kryachkov, an outstanding architect of Novosibirsk and the founder of architectural education in Sibstrin.