TUNeIT and GRALBeIT as Opportunities to Valorise the Cultural Heritage from Cape Town to Beijing

  • Enzo SivieroEmail author
  • Michele Culatti
  • Alessandro Stocco
  • Viviana Martini


The idea that accompanies the stable connection from Cape Town to Beijing through TUNeIT, the stable union between Tunisia and Sicily and GRALBeIT and the connection between Greece, Albania and Italy is far more than a project and an engineering challenge, insofar as it leads us to think about a process of composition, definition, reaggregation of historic, social, economic and cultural elements that, on the one hand, imply the involvement of a multitude of competences that need to interact with each other and with all the players concerned and on the other require special attention to the different relations between existing and future systems. This is a complex operation that involves not only technical aspects but also a look connected with the poetic interpretation of the context aiming to go beyond the mere practical purpose of the work. It is thus that words such as identity, conservation, development and management can find full implementation within the vast design process that involves the matter of the connection between Italy and Tunisia in all its possible declinations. The opportunity offered by TUNeIT and GRALBeIT allows us to analyse the contents connected with the protection and valuation of the cultural heritage and the sustainable development of these areas so filled with history, enabling us to assess the possibility of including new architecture in the Mediterranean landscape and maintaining the meaning, and is aimed at the in-depth examination of the relations and possible effects that this new infrastructure may generate within the consolidated context of values in which it has been conceived. The Mediterranean has an extremely full regional heritage, history and potential that are well worthy of being protected, developed and managed in such a way as to reinforce the cooperation and promote trust between the coastal states. This cultural heritage, which is also universally recognised by UNESCO and included on the list of intangible heritage, comprises traditions, uses and customs connected with folkloric events. The strengthening of the cultural wealth of these areas must be a continuous process in which knowledge, dissemination and valuation become the keyword. The spirit that accompanies Mediterranean bridging and the motto Bridging Cultures and Sharing Hearts is enclosed precisely in these concepts.


Infrastructures Cultural heritage TUNeIT GRALBeIT Mediterranean 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Enzo Siviero
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michele Culatti
    • 2
  • Alessandro Stocco
    • 3
  • Viviana Martini
    • 3
  1. 1.eCampus University NovedrateNovedrateItaly
  2. 2.Trento UniversityTrentoItaly
  3. 3.University of Nova GoricaNova GoricaSlovenia

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