permanent exhibition

palazzo Orgnani Martina - via Mistruzzi n. 4/9
33010 Venzone (UD)


friday : 15 - 19

saturday and sunday : 9 - 13 / 15 - 19


full : 5 euro / cut price : 4 euro / school children : 3 euro

The reconstruction is a building site

Friuli became an enormous building site, the horizon was studded with crane and the roads were blocked by the constant coming and going of lorries.

photo Graziano Soravito

The ruins and the new constructions coexisted in a surrealistic landscape.The municipal offices became the backbone of the reconstruction. The citizens turned to them for information, advice and to vindicate rights. The Municipalities became the place where people participated in the reconstruction.

The State honoured the pledges made: the finances promised arrive in whole and on time. The Region prepared adequate instruments for expenditure checks. A system was elaborated of uniting contracts in order to contain the costs and to make intervention in the most disadvantaged areas more feasible. The reconstruction demanded correctness and responsibility. The Region was equipped with the instruments necessary to exercise control over the employment of the funds and to avoid dispersion of resources. The management of the expenditure was also a democratic process. 34% of the entire funds allocated for the reconstruction were administrated by the Town Mayors as Delegated Functionaries of the Region. The control by the population was direct and capillary.In the earthquake-affected area, the urban planning made a remarkable leap in quality which involved administrators, professionals and citizens. The fundamental planning instrument of the reconstruction was the detailed plan of the inhabited town centre. As it involved everyone, it aroused a great participation of the people. The detailed plan was as follows: it described the state of affairs before and after the earthquake; it established the choices of the community in regards to the urban conformation in graphical representations and norms, the practicability, the destination of the areas, the public services, the production activities, the technological networks, the parameters of the building work and the characteristics of the buildings; it fixed the procedures to adopt for the protection of citizens; and it facilitated the subdivision of the municipal area into “comparti” or compartments, in which the reconstruction could happen through the participation of the private individuals or the Town Hall Authority itself.

The reconstruction was also rendered possible by the solidarity that accompanied Friuli throughout its rebirth; numerous countries, even ones far away, supplied real help for reconstruction of our towns. There were many voluntary associations that flocked to give help soon after the earthquake in May. The National Alpine Soldier Association brought about an unparalleled enterprise: 3,280 houses repaired, 76 homes restructured, 50 buildings reconstructed, 63,000 square metres of roofs mended. The Government of the United States of America gave the Alpine Association 43 million dollars to realize 7 scholastic complexes and 8 centres for elderly citizens. The national and foreign press gave great attention to the earthquakes in the Friuli, mobilising public opinion and promoting subscriptions to a reconstruction fund collection. The “Fogolars Furlans” gave life to many initiatives aimed at collecting funds for Friuli. Public agencies, associations, diocese organized fund collections and realized specific interventions.

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Associazione Comuni Terremotati e Sindaci della Ricostruzione del Friuli