Our response to the environmental implications of building design cannot rely exclusively on technology, but must instead be founded on an urgently needed humanistic vision. For Mario Cucinella, the latest scientific discoveries regarding the complex and inter-dependent workings of the plant world offer important lessons that can be applied to the design process. The ways that plants combine specialized functions indicate a useful approach to dealing with the environmental concerns of architecture.
Though this approach is deeply rooted in our past, its implementation today represents an unprecedented cultural challenge. BUILDING GREEN FUTURES invites us to reflect on the future of architecture by taking a journey through the history of humanity and the surprising realities of the plant world.
Arcipelago Italia. Projects for the future of the Country’s interior territories.
Arcipelago Italia is the theme of the Italian Pavilion at the Biennale Architettura 2018. It is an idea that shifts architecture’s attention away from the major cities and over to the physical space of our country where, even in the remotest of times, communities are historically expressed in a different relationship between urban dimension and territory. These territories are spatially and temporally distant from the large urban areas, and they possess an inestimable cultural heritage, so that Italy is identified as an «urban space in the Mediterranean». The heterogeneous cultural vastness of these territories, reflected in the diversification of their landscape, together with a vast territorial expanse and their distance from essential services, has encouraged us to consider their revival as a strategic theme for Italy as a whole.
Arcipelago Italia is a manifesto whose goal is to indicate possible paths to be undertaken, aimed at bestowing value and importance on architecture. This catalogue will help visitors get to know our country better. Though the focus is on the most invisible, scarred areas of the country, readers will clearly see that these are also the areas that are the richest in potential and beauty. Italy’s most extensive supply of oxygen, the places where small and large cities were born, crossed by centuries of stories, paths, people, and architecture. We will discover the people and the way they manage spaces, the cultural vivacity and the efforts made by many communities to stay within their own towns. One last question we shall try to answer: what does the future hold for these territories?
The projects collected in the book represent a selection of the most important works realized and underway during fifteen years of activity of the international MCA study.
The collection is completed by special contributions from professionals and experts who have been cooperating with the firm for years.
Mario Cucinella. Works at MCA.
Mario Cucinella is one of the new-generation highly regarded architects, and the 21 projects chosen for this monograph on his work and firm, MC A - Mario Cucinella Architects, include all his completed works, those under construction and a selection of on-going projects. His work stands out for both its quantity and quality. By presenting Cucinella's projects as a work-in-progress rather than a list of individual buildings, the book highlights his experimental approach and focuses on the technical features of his architecture.
GREEN ARCHITECTURE. Designed by Mario Cucinella Architects
Establishing a deep connection with the climate, culture and natural environment of a place is a process that seems to Italian architect Mario Cucinella to be much closer to the complexity of nature and less like mechanical artifice. Together with his office, MC A, Cucinella researches and conceives architectural and industrial design projects using innovative technologies in an effort to promote environmental sustainability, ethics and a positive social impact.
This monograph introduces his activities in the growing movement for sustainability with detailed profiles of more than 25 exemplary projects, including Beijing’s SIEEB building and the Bologna Civic Offices.
More whith Less - MCA Mario Cucinella Architects
“Architecture is a difficult profession – says Mario Cucinella – and requires slowness. In a world that associates quality with speed, our profession is running against the prevailing current. This slowness is akin to that of a marathon runner who, though moving, passes through different phases before reaching the finishing line. It requires patience. It is a profession that one learns by doing, by realising one’s projects.”
Done in collaboration with SESV Spazio Espositivo di Santa Verdiana, this volume is the catalogue of an exhibition which from 2000 onwards has been hosted in turn by, amongst others, the SAIE in Bologna, La Galerie d’Architecture in Paris and The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, Dublin. Includes the essays “Creative Empathy”. The productive landscape of architecture” by John Olley and “Integrated design or the art of both/and” by Susannah Hagan, and an interview by Marco Brizzi with Mario Cucinella.