Two Porcheddu’s quakeproof buildings in Messina reconstruction
The Porcheddu Company of Turin (importer in North Italy of the Hennebique building system)
was charged of 13 projects in Messi-na, after the 1908 quake: the study of the unpublished
material in the Porcheddu archive, hosted at DISEG in the Turin Polytechnic sketches out two
construction sites for quake-proof housings, the economical homes for the “Unione Messinese”
in the Orto Botanico district, with a reinforced concrete frame and the Homes for the State
Employees with pillars made of a prefabricated steel cage and on site poured concrete. The two
different construction systems testify the business and law debate on quake-proof buildings.
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