Ponti in ferro a Padova: la fonderia Benech-Rocchetti 1852-1881

Berti, Maurizio (1994) Ponti in ferro a Padova: la fonderia Benech-Rocchetti 1852-1881. Other. Piovan Editore, Abano Terme, Italy, 195p. [Book]

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In Italy, precisely in Padua, in 1828 the first suspension bridge was built with iron wires based on a project by Anton Claudio Galateo, a military engineer. Mathematical tools and industrialisation have allowed the creation of lean and statically efficient artefacts, but time and carelessness have consumed their constituent material. The phenomenon of oxidation has proved to be the main cause of damage to the survival of nineteenth-century iron works. In vain, Galateo himself had repeated that it was essential to renew the painting on the cables of his bridge. Thus that suspended structure, due to rust, lasted only fifty years, at the end of which it was replaced by an elegant arched walkway, also in iron, which can still be admired today. In addition to the arched walkway, today in Padua there is another iron arched bridge from the second half of the 19th century: it is a fine example of architecture, well thought out, scenically, with the nearby Specola, a medieval tower reformed by the architect Domenico Cerato. Behind these two still existing bridges is the history of the first metal carpentry industry that operated in Padua.

Item Type: Book (Other)
Berti, Maurizio
Languages: Italian
Keywords: Italy; suspension bridges; arch bridges; foot bridges; iron architecture; ironworks; history of architecture; 19th century; engineers; corrosion; protective coatings; replacement; photographs; plans
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 06. History of architecture
C.ARCHITECTURE > 01. Generalities
C.ARCHITECTURE > 03. Styles of architecture
C.ARCHITECTURE > 04. Building materials
C.ARCHITECTURE > 05. Building techniques
C.ARCHITECTURE > 06. Structures of buildings
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 16. Industrial and technical heritage
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Passerella di Galateo, Padova, Italy; Passerella di ferro a S. Benedetto, Padova, Italy; Ponte di ferro alla Specola, Padova, Italy
Number of Pages: 195
Depositing User: PhD, MArch Maurizio Berti
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2023 16:27
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2023 16:27
URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/2931

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