The loss of traditional building skills is a general problem in Europe and it is particularly acute in Venice.
The system that underpins its survival requires re-enforcing, particularly following the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic:
- SKILLS that maintain and repair the surfaces are being lost
- UNDERSTANDING of the materials and their appropriate use is being eroded
- Economic & social STRUCTURES that support conservation need strengthening
- A higher LEVEL of PERFORMANCE will be requiredin order to protect historic fabric from the effects of climate change.
Venice, San Marco Basilica: “bricklayers”, from the crafts sculpture cycle (13th Century), third arch of the main entrance, image by Angela Squassina, 2021
IL PREMIO GEM—THE GEM AWARD
A scholarship created in memory of Gloria Trevisan and her fiancé Marco Gottardi: an annual award that will help a young Italian graduate interested in conservation, as Gloria and Marco were.