For the 50th anniversary of the historic flood that hit Florence on November 4th, 1966, the Architecture Branch of the Technology Library at the University of Florence is collaborating with Adriano Bartolozzi, Gabriele Corsani, and Carla Giuseppina Romby to organize the exhibition A River of Books: The Rebirth of the Department of Architecture’s Library, which will be held in the library itself. On display will be original documents and photographs that hold witness to the impact of this tragic event on the library, then situated in the Cloister of the Dead (Chiostrino dei Morti) in Piazza Brunelleschi. In particular, the exhibition will document the actions of the Architecture Department Head Giuseppe Gori, who contributed to the library’s rebirth, promoting the reconstruction of the damaged collection through the restoration of books and periodicals, as well as national and international donations.

The materials on display come from the Historical Archive of the University of Florence, the Giuseppe Gori Archive in the Architecture Branch of the Technology Library, and the Photographic Archive of the ex-Department of Restoration within the Department of Architecture.

The exhibition will be held in the Architecture Branch of the Technology Library at the University of Florence, Palazzo San Clemente – Via P.A. Micheli 2, and will be open from November 7th to December 2nd, 2016.


Monday-Friday, 8.30am – 7pm

Free entrance

The exhibition is part of the initiatives promoted by the Project Committee for Toscana Firenze 2016 – the flood, the floods.