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Lord Richard Rogers to present the Feasibility Study to help restore Vernazza, one of Cinque Terre villages, a top tourist attraction of Italy devastated by floods.

(Riomaggiore, 17 Ott 12) On October 25, 2012, one year after the floods and landslides that devastated Vernazza, the Mayor of Vernazza Vincenzo Resasco has invited world-famous British Architect Richard Roger to present his Feasibility Study for the regeneration of the village. Rogers will present the Study in a public presentation and press conference to be held in the ex-Chiesa dei Frati, Vernazza at 11am.
Lord Richard Rogers has a deep understanding and involvement with Vernazza, having visited the town regularly for the past 50 years. In June, Rogers brought his friend Renzo Piano to Vernazza. Both have won the Pritzker Prize (the Nobel of Architecture). With Rogers' colleague Ernesto Bartolini, the three architects studied Vernazza, speaking with her people and imagining a restored Vernazza, faithful in preserving her unique beauty and character as an authentic Italian small coastal town.
Now, thanks to Rogers' generous donation to design and oversee the project for the requalification of Vernazza's public spaces, Vernazza has a very special, once in a lifetime opportunity.
The requalification plan is a vital project for the future of Vernazza: Rogers' plan aims to rebuild the most wonderful and unique public spaces along the village's main axis, by creating an integral scheme with high quality materials, beautiful landscape design and simple street furniture and lighting.
The plan received rave reviews from the citizens of Vernazzawhen it was presented in September. Public and private fundraising efforts are underway, led by Save Vernazza ONLUS and Vernazza Futura ONLUS,to meet the project's costs of 2.5 million Euro.
Construction of the first phase should begin in January 2013 from Piazza Marconi, the main piazza and main attraction for tourists, and from Fontanavecchia, one of the key centres for the local population.
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