The palazzi inscripted are all subject to monumental protection restrictions which cover the entire building.
The application of conditions ensures conservation of the heritage by means of a consistent, coordinated programme of research, prevention, maintenance and restoration. The Commission for Architectural Heritage and the Ligurian Countryside is charged with the management of this programme.
The City Council Offices exercise particular care and attention when examining and approving plans for maintaining and restoring the palazzi subject to restrictions, as well as projects which, although not directly involving the structure
or external appearance of the Palazzi, do however have the potential to alter the geographical context of the Palazzi themselves. Such projects range from access routes to the structure of the district, from signage to adjacent commercial
This care and attention are effected by applying the specific provisions of the City’s Master Plan (for which please see the following paragraph), and also planning, operational and dimensional regulations relating to existing buildings
which are contained in the Plan itself, whose aim is to ensure that the architectural characteristics of the buildings and the open spaces around them are maintained and enhanced. In particular there is a mandatory requirement for the use of traditional materials and techniques, or at least materials which are compatible with the existing buildings and the character of their surroundings, as regards the restoration of plasterwork and decorative elements to the façades, the maintenance of the roofs, the installation of technological systems and the conservation of historically established commercial activities.
For proper control over building activities, it is essential to have the complete information base on the buildings achieved through the Cultural Mapping of the City, which will provide the reference point for subsequent monitoring.
For monitoring the appropriateness of proposed alterations, it is essential that the database should be kept updated.
The City Council Building Regulations are in process of comprehensive revision, and when this is complete they will contain a specific section dedicated to works carried out on historic buildings, on the basis not only of prescriptive regulations but also of operational guidelines formulated with reference to a catalogue of traditional constructional elements used in historic buildings, a sort of manual, which is in process of being written.
Protocol of Understanding
With the aim of reinforcing the activities and strategies which these institutions will be able to achieve in the future, possibly in concert and cooperation with other institutional parties which may devote their resources to conservation and
enhancement of the Palazzi, it has been considered appropriate to initiate systematic collaboration between the bodies having this specific activity as an objective formalizing an accord, which has powerful political and administrative validity, with an enlarged Protocol of Understanding, signed by the Cultural Heritage Ministry, the Commission for Architectural Heritage and the Ligurian Countryside, Genoa City Council, the Region of Liguria, the Province of Genoa, Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura, the University of Genoa, and the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts. The Protocol was signed in Rome in the presence of the representatives of the bodies involved on 12 October 2005.
The structure is directed by a Steering Committee made up of representatives of the bodies which have signed the Protocol itself, with political functions of defining strategies, approaches and priorities.
The implementation of the plan is entrusted to a technical structure divided into 3 working parties, which relate to three different plans:
Plan A. Knowledge, protection and conservation;
Plan B. Cultural promotion;
Plan C. Social and economic enhancement.
Technical staff of the bodies involved take part in the individual working parties, as is more fully described in
the attached organisation chart
Each group is coordinated by a Senior Managerresponsibility to the promoting Body, it will be possible to achieve a functional interconnection which is really workable.
Agencies with responsability for management
The coordination of the working parties is entrusted to the Management of Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura, and the company also performs the function of secretariat responsible for the organisational work and contacts with the world outside.
Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura is a private company in law, but one which is wholly owned by the Municipality. Its mission is the organisation and management of exhibitions, cultural displays and events, and the provision of services to third parties in the cultural field. In the course of its thirteen years of activity it has put on more than a hundred exhibitions and managed major international events such as the G8 and Genova 2004.
Because of its management agility, its flexibility and the professionalism it has built up, Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura has been identified as the organisation most suitable for performing the work of coordination between the parties involved in the management of the site. Entrusting the functions of coordination to a publicly-owned limited company constitutes the real management innovation proposed by this plan.
The Coordinator is supported by a Scientific Committee which checks the consistency of the sectoral policies with the objective of the safeguarding of the integrity of the heritage, as required by UNESCO.
The structure just identified allows the rigid division of powers to be overcome, and for instruments of cooperation to be constructed which are able to formulate the guidelines of the shared public policies, by effecting a synthesis between the various interests and powers involved, aimed at providing a check on the quality of the operations. The unitary nature of the structure will give rise to integrated programmes, developing synergies and optimising the economic investments of the various parties.
Soprintendenza per i beni architettonici ed il paesaggio della Liguria
Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali
Provincia di Genova
Comune di Genova
Università degli Studi di Genova
Camera di Commercio
Genova Palazzo Ducale Fondazione per la Cultura