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Gabinetto Fotografico Municipale 1910 - 1935
Object type and technique: negative on gelatine plate ; cm 9 x 12
Borgo Lanaiuoli and Piazza Ponticello
Photographic Archive of Genoa Municipality, inv. 12432
The urban transformations of the twentieth century marked the demolition of the medieval city, transforming places of sanguine residentiality into anemic spaces for the ruling class. Three scars of nostalgia on the line of Torbido river: Ponticello, 1930s; Piccapietra, 1950s; Madre di Dio, 1970s. Every twenty years a wound, a prophecy of a non-place. Here you can see Ponticello and Borgo Lanaiuoli, before the construction of Torre Piacentini, the tallest skyscraper in Europe for a few years.