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Metamorphosis: from the roots to the tree. The profession of the architect
Lecture by Mario Cucinella
Introduced by Laura Andreini and Sergio Risaliti
In collaboration with Area magazine and thanks to the support of Lobafer
The architect, curator of the Italian Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale and protagonist of the “Paradigm: The Architect’s Table” project at the Museo Novecento (until 21 June), will be at Palazzo Vecchio for a lecture on Friday 15 June at 6 pm in Sala dei Gigli.
“People’s needs are changing and new economic and environmental challenges are emerging – explains Mario Cucinella -. Architecture is called upon to offer the right answers in harmony with the environment and cultural context. But there is still a clear disconnect between ambitions and results when it comes to sustainability. To bridge the gap it is necessary to redesign the professional figure of the architect through new work tools and targeted learning paths. Imagining sustainable buildings means opening a profound dialogue with the climate and with the place. We have to imagine low-tech buildings to make form and materials work more, which are increasingly becoming an active part in the result, carrying out invisible work within a new circular economy. This process seems to me closer to the complexity of nature than to that of mechanical artifice. Buildings with a high degree of empathy, a creative empathy“.
He is the founder of Mario Cucinella Architects. With over 20 years of professional practice, MCA has developed a great experience in architectural design, with particular attention to the issues of sustainability and the environmental impact of buildings. In 2017 the American Institute of Architects (AIA) awarded Mario Cucinella the prestigious Honorary Fellowship Award. In 2016 the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awarded him the appointment of International Fellowship 2016. For the 2018 Venice Biennale he will be director of the Italian Pavilion. Mario Cucinella founded Building Green Future in 2012, a non-profit organization with the aim of integrating sustainable architecture and renewable energy to improve living conditions and access to resources in developing countries. In 2015 he established S.O.S. – School of Sustainability, a school aimed at training new professionals in the field of sustainability.