We think time has come for a new declination of “sustainability”:integrated and participatory planning for sustainable urban spaces made of green architecture.
Heritage, memory, identity
“Buildings and man-made landscapes are the most significant aspects of group memory: they are overlaying with symbolic association to past events and play animportant role in helping to preserve a group memory.” (Lucien Kroll).
The so called globalization is responsible for a perverse trend in building that is indifferent to cultures, sites, local terrain. The consequences are the diffusion of “models” inadequate to the climate and local conditions and, which is worse, to the people, to their heritage and culture. The urban landscape is much more than the sum of the buildings that constitue it: it is the memory of a “group”, its heritage. Good architecture produces civilization because it’s created with the people, not [only] for them. Bad architecture? It simply produces machines to live in. Yes: that perfect machines with perfect systems, perfect air conditions but… they could be in Sidney or Singapore or Miami as well. Far to be really iconic and recognizable, they become after a short time, in fact, quietly anonymous, one of tht thousands of "non significant" buildings, with their steel beams, glass facades, similar in every urban area of the planet. What to do to restore to our cities those elements of recognizability for a development that leads to more livable, more resilient, more “urban” cities?
Not exclusively a democratic option but a technical tool for territorial governance: the participatory planning activated to redesign from the new districts to the single home of the contemporary city is the key, through the architects, to offset the “project neutrality” via the negotiation with the” end users” of the project.
The architectural project must introject an exchange of information suitable to restore value to the culture of a Country, which is unique and can not be fungible in other places in the world.This new architecture must not only match with the categories of space and intended use: it must carefully focus on the "time" category understood as the history of a place and it is an architecture made of relationships between people, between people and places, between the history of the place, the traditional materials, the most familiar and recognizable forms and the needs of best available technologies, and of the contemporary aesthetic, of the need to be a city of the XXI century.
The formal characterization of the urban landscape is of fundamental importance so that a place can coagulate the positive collective attention and therefore be recognized and appreciated by its inhabitants, who will fill it and, through the stratification of the generations give it a personality and an unique charm.
This philosophy that underlies our design: architecture is, first of all,culture; assuming that architecture can not do without the best available technologies and in the awareness that the new buildings, which irreparably transform our space and have an ecological footprint on the planet, mustbe truly "green".