Arredo & Città N°1 | 2018


Between 1950-60, the years of the economic boom, via Emilia, successor of the several thousand year-old Augustan era Roman road, transformed into the first modern road of an Italy that had by then become a country with great industrial strength. The purpose of the unprecedented research conducted by the Neri Foundation in a sort of itinerant path accompanied by numerous vintage images is to illustrate the developments of the lighting in the major Emilian cities where the “street” passes through. The innovations introduced concern the use of the lighting supports with new materials, particularly steel and aluminium, in place of cast iron and cement, as well as the production of increasingly efficient bulbs, the result of intense research operations conducted in the lighting technique field in those years. With headquarters are located on via Emilia and having a desire to reiterate its presence rooted in the territory, with this study, the Neri Foundation provides its contribution to the great cultural project “2200 anni lungo la via Emilia” (2200 years along via Emilia) promoted for the 2017-2018 period by the Emilia-Romagna Regional Secretariat of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Tourism Activities.
Along Via Emilia: a journey in pictures 1945-1970 by Lorenzo Bazzocchi

Cast iron excellence coexists with steel

The innovations introduced after the War in the lighting technology field were rapidly taken up by all the main towns and cities along the Via Emilia. Since these are historic cities they already had for some time cast iron street furniture, both lampposts and wall brackets, produced at the start of the twentieth century or even dating back to the second half of the nineteenth century and inspired by the neoclassical style that dominated in that period.
These are in many cases prized pieces, designed ...

The Torre Littoria, a steel shaft by Fondazione Neri

In 1933, by express order of the architect and designer Giò Ponti, Parco Sempione, intended to house the V Milan Triennale, was provided with lighting. The posts, in reinforced concrete, ...

“The illuminated road”: a route along the Marches section of the Via Flaminia by Fondazione Neri

In ancient times the Flaminia represented the main road route for links between Rome and northern Italy and, subsequently, central and eastern Europe. Opened by the consul Gaius Flaminius around ...