IVREA, UN­ESCO WORLD HER­ITAGE SITE

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“Just in­scribed as UN­ESCO World Her­itage Site: Ivrea, in­dus­trial city of the 20th cen­tury, #Italy. Con­grat­u­la­tions!” With this Tweet, UN­ESCO an­nounced the list­ing of the Pied­mon­tese city as the 57th Ital­ian site con­sid­ered a World Her­itage. The de­ci­sion was taken dur­ing the 42nd World Her­itage Com­mit­tee that took place in Manama, Bahrain, and that ran un­til July 4th, 2018. Founded in 1908 by Camillo Olivetti, the in­dus­trial city of Ivrea de­vel­oped mainly be­tween the 1930s and the 1960s un­der the di­rec­tion of Adri­ano Olivetti – in par­al­lel with the fam­ily com­pany, “Olivetti”, man­u­fac­turer of type­writ­ers, me­chan­i­cal cal­cu­la­tors, and of­fice com­put­ers – and com­prises a large fac­tory and build­ings de­signed to serve the ad­min­is­tra­tion and so­cial ser­vices, as well as res­i­den­tial units. This ar­chi­tec­tural ensem­ble, de­signed by lead­ing Ital­ian ur­ban plan­ners and ar­chi­tects, re­flects the ideas of the Com­mu­nity Move­ment. As a so­cial project, Ivrea ex­presses a mod­ern vi­sion of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween in­dus­trial pro­duc­tion and ar­chi­tec­ture. The Min­is­ter of Cul­tural Her­itage and Ac­tiv­i­ties and Tourism, Al­berto Bon­isoli, said that he is “happy and ex­cited, both as Ital­ian cit­i­zen and as Min­is­ter of Cul­tural Her­itage, for the recog­ni­tion of Adri­ano Olivetti’s hu­man­is­tic con­cep­tion of work.” The nom­i­na­tion was pro­moted by the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Ivrea and the Adri­ano Olivetti Foun­da­tion, to­gether with the Guelpa Foun­da­tion, the Pied­mont Re­gion, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan City of Turin and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Banchette.

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