“My commitment is above all moral, to make sure that the new bridge has the traits of Genoa, of our qualities and a little of our parsimony,” Piano told reporters after the meeting.
“I can’t think of anything else but that bridge.”
Italy’s populist government has pledged to strip the state concession to the toll road company that managed the bridge and to have it rebuilt quickly, preferably by the state-controlled Fincantieri.
The collapsed bridge, completed in 1967, was seen as an avant-garde work of engineering at the time and became a symbol connecting two sides of a city that snaked along the seashore.
“Renzo Piano voluntarily offered, as a competent Genovese, to give this new bridge project as a gift to the city,” Toti said. “We happily accepted the help, and he’s already made a few proposals.”
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