- Restoring harmony with Nature to Man
“Naturam semper recurret”. There is nothing easier for Man than to dress in technological progress, and there is nothing more difficult than to strip of Nature. As a theater of our daily life, the spaces of living and working are occasions to reconcile man with the dignity of doing and the semantics of existence. Their configuration enables function and ennobles it with nature. We are looking for a tool in the project to conceive and model places, shapes and geometries to investigate and refine the space of man in its interrelations with the natural and built environment.
- Placing Man in continuity with his own cultural heritage
“The past has no beginning, has no end and is always” (F. Dal Co). It is only by questioning the past that we can search for those truths capable of reviving the ancient in the present, rewriting its identity and really preventing time from reducing buildings to “empty shells”. We are looking for an instrument to recover the stratified heritage to new uses and values, open to civil society and to collective knowledge, in the conservation project of the ancient, in order to restore its semantics in the contemporary dimension.
- Architecture and Neuroscience
“The physiological environment, the space-time in which we live, generates a harmony of sensory impressions that builds our perception of existence” (RJ Neutra). Beyond shape and size, constraints and parameters, operating by prefiguring and planning bio-sustainable spaces means orienting Technology at the service of Ethics, investigating the delicate and amazing balance between all the human sciences, habits and needs that govern our experience. The architect, who also operates with the tools of perceptual stimulation, has the duty to consciously cultivate “his role as a gardener of nervous and sensory development”.
- Sustainability as an application of common sense
How can architecture contribute to the sustainability of the living space? Often the key to the design of sustainable places is written in their identity and nature. In general, in the new as in the old, the renunciation of chemical synthesis materials and sophisticated technologies and the use, instead, of natural materials and systems integrated to architecture are the formula for redesigning eco-sustainable spaces using the tools of substantial common sense. “So, in the right design, sustainability is nothing more than the rigorous use of the common sense”. (A. Aravena)
- Design from calamities
From working in contexts affected by significant natural disasters, we have developed research strategies aimed at redesigning the future of communities through a multidisciplinary approach that has seen at the forefront the role of architecture as a guide in the reconstruction of potentially spaces and social models. You can get out of a calamity by reiventing yourself, preserving what the culture of places has sedimented and orienting design research towards new achievements.
- Make a virtue of necessity. Working in the context of scarcity of means
Rehabilitating communities and places hit by natural disasters has allowed us to refine design approaches aimed at optimizing the scarcity of available means. In particular, the experience gained in the 2012 Emilian earthquake reconstruction has developed a methodological attitude that is inclusive of all contextual forces: participatory, economic-productive, financial, geographical-environmental. We worked by making a ‘virtue of necessity’, interpreting the scarcity of resources as a filter against an expressive arbitrariness, as an antidote to eliminate the superflous from the matter of the project.
- The project as coordination and synthesis of contextual forces
We believe that the multidisciplinary approach restores to architecture its substantial ability to solve the maximun complexity of the problems and real needs of civil society with the minimun available resource. We tested the limitation of resources as a factor to enrich decision-making and coordination efficiency, in ordere to generate or implement partnership and creative financing processes and strategies. From the constraint of the scarce available resource it is necessary to draw lymph to redesign new stimuli and design approaches.
- Inclusive Design and Social Justice
How to reconstruct the physical and semantic identity of places, the sum synthesis of the stratified values of a community, in a perspective of social and multicultural inclusion? We believe that redesigning a context or a buildings does not only mean redefining its spatial value, but also the spirit of community that has expressed it over time and that, potentially, will be able to revive it in the present and in the future. We therefore promote the activation of participatory processes that involve the entire civil society, according to an inclusive ‘governance’ model that rehabilitates the cultural asset in its expression of the identity value of a territory. The cultural tradition of the man-made environment is an inalienable heritage of civil society on a par with its primary natural elements. We believe that recovering even small piece of its heritage means returning it to the dominion of the Community which will be able to relive in the present, weaving new uses and experiences into it.