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“Come on, Marco make a goal there”, an experience of friendship and integration

Last November we shared a part of our path of alternation with the boys of the 5A of Laurenzana tightening a strong friendship with the latter, especially with Marco, a boy who has conquered all with his sympathy and desire to learn. Marco has integrated well into this new group, thanks to his desire to be together and have fun, sharing with us jokes and laughter. The title of this article comes from the fact that the boys have created a choir for Marco as a sign of this beautiful friendship born by chance. This experience was constructive because it taught us that in the workplace or in any other place there are wonderful friendships. Therefore, alternation is not only a formative experience but also of friendship and integration.



Sergio Musmeci (Rome, 1926 – Rome, March 5, 1981) was an Italian engineer, well-known for his achievements in the structural field. He studied at “La Sapienza” University in Rome, where he graduated in Civil Engineering in 1948 and in Aeronautical Engineering in 1953. He began his professional career in the studies of Riccardo Morandi and Pier Luigi Nervi. In 1953 he started collaborating with architect Zenaide Zanini, Who later became his wife. Always at “La Sapienza”, in 1956 he was a professor of Rational Mechanics at the Faculty of Engineering, and in 1969 he hold the teaching of “Bridges and big Structures” in the Faculty of Architecture. As a designer, in 1970 he won one of the first six awards ex aequo at the international architecture competition callled by ANAS for the bridge over the Strait of Messina, where he proposed a single-light suspended structure with a 3,000 metres span, sustained by pylons 600 m high, with a very original space suspension system to stiffen the structure both vertically, to allow railway traffic, and horizontally to withstand wind drives and avoid the risk of derailment of trains in response to excessive deformations (the scale plastic model of the project is preserved at MAXXI in Rome). In the early seventies of the twentieth century he realized thhe Bridge on the River, in Potenza, in which he realized his theories on the structural minimum, the building is one of his most important works, which made him famous, since it took the name of MUSMECI BRIDGE. Sergio Musmeci was an artist who studied the structures by analyzing the natural figures that could to stand on their feet without any support; he was inspired by the behaviour of some bodies and shapes that formed, thus building the bridge. The bridge was built without using prefabricated elements, but directly with concrete castings. The Executing Company was the Edilstrade Forlì – Castrocaro.

Natural objects, given the extraordinary stratification of their meanings, are besides, well worthy of investigations, such as this, of an interdisciplinary nature. The spontaneous beauty of natural forms is also a goal to which it tends to; Such a beauty arises from an intimate relationship among form, materials and functions where every thickness, each color appear necessary, a sobriety made of endless subtleties, which design theorists identify in the fundamental class of formal consistency.

The observation of natural forms has always inspired design choices in architecture; from the classic theme of the winding stairs, declined in countless ancient and contemporary examples – from the admirable stairs of the Blois Castle attributed to Leonardo to the ones of Gaudi for the Sagrada Familia up to the recent Museum of Pei in Berlin – to more subtle and profound ties between architectural form and natural principle (you have only to think of all Gaudi’s late production based on a vocabulary of spontaneous static forms implicitly evoking natural objects). This kind of research, increasingly fused in the course of the twentieth century with the so-called architecture of engineers, has been carried out, even with very different languages ​​and approaches, by personalities, especially by Musmeci.

This last, in fact, was mainly inspired by figures representing the isometrics of bones and sunflowers; observing the expansion of the flower, he came to the conclusion that nature alone creates the perfect forms that can give stability with a minimum of surface.



“Form can be the means through which to solve a structural problem, it is certainly the most powerful medium and, in any case, the only one that allows the structure to visually communicate its own reality”


“To the extent it adheres to its static function, it may become a danger of communication between the architectural object and the intuitive faculty of the user”


“The Form is the unknown, not the tensions”

The Musmeci Bridge at EXPO 2015

Basilicata chose the Musmeci Bridge as its object for its relationship with the river and the urban landscape. In EXPO, in 2015 in Milan, each region had to be represented through an object that could best represent it. It took several years to design and carry out the viaduct and for those who worked at the yard it was an innovation venture.

Over the years it has been visited by mathematicians, architects and engineers from all over the world. Nothing, however, explains it better to the astonishment of the citizen who crosses it in its belly: it allows you go through the thin membranes of the viaduct, below the road and above the water.   



Scarce resources, valuable resources, resources to share.

The bank of Italy is traditionally committed to raising financial literacy in Italy, also through the involvement of citizens in specific didactic initiatives to approaching their

own functions.

Our class entered the competition of the banck of Italy “let’s invent a banknote”.

We had to make a banknote by following some themes; the theme chosen for this banknote was: scarce resources, valuable resources, resources to share.

The banknote ha sas a figurative element a waterfall indicating the preciousness of water; in fact, water is a ghift we was given by nature, and we can’t help it. The three glasses of water, one full, one half empty, and one empty, go to show that water does not last forever, as all the other things, so you have to take care of it and use it in the tight extent. Finally, the fountain goes to indicate how man was able to share, to bring this precious resource to everyone. Moreover, the symbol indicate show is at the root of everything, even of the world and our existence.

The International Exhibition Expo Astana 2017 Theme: Future Energy, the energy of the future


The International Exhibition Expo Astana 2017 will be held in the capital of Kazakhstan from June 10 to 10 September 2017. The theme “Future Energy” (energy of the future) will have as its object three macro-themes: providing universal access to energy, producing it by limiting CO2 emissions, improving efficiency in the sector.

A sphere in the middle

The Astana exposure Works began in April 2014 and their conclusion was in December 2016. The centre, not only physical, is the sphere – it is the largest ever built by man with its 80 metres – which will hold the pavilion of the host country. Thematic areas and international pavilions are around it.

The “green energy” central theme in the global economy of the future
The ways to produce clean energy will be discussed at Expo Astana 2017, dealing with the issue of energy availability, of sustainability and of the levels of the development of renewable energies, expected in the coming years.
The theme, however, is central especially for the future, not only in terms of environment and public health, but also in relation to the economic and social growth of the communities living on our Planet. And that is why the organizers’ intentions, will be of starting a comparison among different governments, that take seriously the problems that the developing countries will have to face, even with regard to the effects of climate changes on local economies.

Italy’s participation in Expo 2017
More than one hundred countries including Italy accepted to take part in Expo Astana 2017. Besides the 895 square metres of the Italian Pavilion, plus additional 700 square metres for commercial services, business meetings and restaurants, there will also be spaces dedicated to the Ministry of Environment, of the Protection of Land and Sea, to the Enea, to so many Italian regions over 20 large and medium-sized businesses in the energy sector.

ScamBioLoGiCo A right and shared shop

It is a shop for the sale of organic products, at Zero Kilometre, unpacked, of Fair Trade and Lucan handicrafts. Spaces dedicated to the barter of goods in right condition are present. It is also a place of meeting, training, research and development for the diffusion of environmental culture, the sharing of knowledge and the citizens’awareness. ScamBioLoGiCo is the first Italian Green Station run by a social company of which Legambiente Onlus Basilicata is an only manager.


The seasonability, the local production, the biological are the key features that the products present in the shop must have and which are carefully selected. With buying fruit and vegetables, bakery and  counter products (salami, cheese), only coming from local agricultural producers, we can:

  1. support the local economy;
  2. guarantee food safety and containment of market prices;
  3. protect the territories through the promotion of quality agriculture;
  4. reduce pollution and the production CO2.


Buying products on tap, deprived of packaging means reducing pollution, the production of CO2 and food waste, learning to regulate the expenditure on necessities. You can find in the department of loose: detergents and personal hygiene products, cereals and pulses.


Buying products of fair trade you can:

  1. ensure to small producers in developing countries a direct and sustainable access to the market, favouring the transition from a precarious condition to a situation of economic self-sufficiency and of respect for human rights;
  2. strengthen the role of producers and workers as primary stakeholders in the organizations in which they work;
  3. operate on a large scale to achieve a greater equity in the rules and practices of international trade.


Choosing products friends of the environment is a gesture of care towards oneself and towards community. This is why you can find at ScamBioLoGiCo: plates, cutlery, glasses and biodegradable and compostable packagings, napkins and place mats made from recycled paper, ecocosmetics (shower gel, shampoo, soaps, body creams, natural and ecological toothpaste for the whole family).


ScamBioLoGiCo places its charming upper floor at your disposal. It was completely renovated in the energy class A as the rest of the structure, with a heating and air replacement system, with laminated wood flooring and typical iron vaults of the ancient railway building. In continuity with the shop, this common space wants to be a place of meeting, exchange and training open to the town.