Sapienza University of Rome receives grant from the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles to create a conservation plan
for the Flaminio Stadium in Rome.
Matteo Cirenei and Marco Menghi were called to document the conservation status of the architectural artifact.
The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles has awarded a grant of $180,000 to Sapienza University in Rome for the
development of a Conservation Plan for the Flaminio Stadium in Rome by Pier Luigi and Antonio Nervi.
The Getty Foundation has given this award through its Keeping it Modern initiative, following the application
presented in March 2017 by the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering of the Sapienza
University of Rome, the Pier Luigi Nervi Project Association (PLN Project) and DO.CO.MO.MO Italy, in agreement
with the City of Rome.
Designed between 1957 and 1958 by the noted Italian engineer Nervi–a pioneer of the use of reinforced concrete
with his son, the architect Antonio Nervi, the Flaminio Stadium was built for the XVII Olympic Games in Rome (1960)
and inaugurated in 1959. It is a unique work that offers a highly original integration of form and structure as well
as between architecture and engineering. It testifies to a special and internationally recognized period for Italian
architectural culture. Abandoned for years, the Flaminio stadium is now in an advanced state of decay.
Despite having been declared in 2005 a “work of excellence” by the General Directorate for Architecture and
Contemporary Art (DARC), Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, the stadium, owned by the City
of Rome, is currently lacking any form of official protection as a result of Italian Law n. 106/2011 that changed
the limit for protection of a building from 50 years to 70 years from its construction.
See also: Finding Pier Luigi Nervi Project