An installation that reflects on the relationship between the environment and architecture, a discipline that is by definition devoted to landscape transformation, and on sustainability, safeguarding the present and envisioning the future. “A door on a better world” is the name of the initiative promoted by Scrigno in collaboration with YACademy, an international architecture Academy based in Bologna, to whom Scrigno has entrusted the curatorship of the project.
An international group selected among the young students of the Academy will develop a project under the tutorship of Mario Cucinella, one of the most important interpreters of sustainable architecture in Italy, who comments on the initiative as follows: "Mario Cucinella Architects has always been attentive to the issues related to the climate emergency and the training of a new generation of professionals in the field of sustainability, to face the great global challenges in the economic, social and environmental fields".
The work reflects a renewed architectural approach based on listening and welcoming, to redefine the relationship between nature, art and creativity. It will be located in Arte Sella, a contemporary art park of international importance immersed in the majestic hills of Valsugana in Northern Italy, a place that is also symbolic to the relationship between man and nature.
The installation, which shall be defined before the end of April, will be inaugurated in Arte Sella by the summer. This will be followed by the planting of 1,000 trees, aimed at helping to heal a unique area hit in 2018 by the so-called Vaia Storm, an extremely strong weather front that caused the destruction of tens of thousands of hectares of alpine forests and which was more recently damaged by the attacks of the bark beetle, an insect that infests the spruce.
“Sustainability s knowing how to look to the future and protect today's world, thinking about those who will live there tomorrow, to offer the best opportunities to the younger generations.” Francesco Bigoni, CMO of the Scrigno Group, states, concluding, “We are proud to inaugurate this new path together with excellent partners such as MCA and Arte Sella. The initiative is concrete evidence of Scrigno’s orientation towards creating shared value. Following sustainable values, with the aim of being promoters of a change to green, we have looked at the world of architects, who have always been among our main partners. Arte Sella proved to be the ideal location to define together the research paths and symbols capable of expressing resilience. Not functional buildings, but “doors”, where ideas converge to mark a transition between a before and an after, while offering an element of continuity in a moment of discontinuity.”
YAC - Young Architects Competitions aim to promote contemporary projects that embody a temporal and personal approach to architectural space. Initially, YAC represented the intuition of three young engineers. They believed that ideas competitions represented the privileged tool to give life to the architectural debate and research. Thanks to the support of the School of Architecture of the University of Bologna, YAC Srl was established on 8th March 2013. After five years from its foundation, YAC decides to open its network of well-known architects to young designers: the aim is to support them in their professional careers. Four high-level training courses are created with partners with the likes of Ferrari, Technogym, and the Italian Government real estate Agency.
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Founded by Mario Cucinella in Bologna in 1999 and present also in Milan since 2019, Mario Cucinella Architects - MCA is an architectural firm that integrates environmental and energy strategies according to a holistic approach. It can count on over 100 professionals specialized in architectural design. Among the projects by the firm there are the new Unipol Management Center, the Rovati Foundation’s Etruscan Museum, and the new surgery and emergency Pole of San Raffaele Hospital, all in Milan. MCA is also working on Valle d’Aosta’s University Center in Aosta; “Viertel Zwei”, two residential and office towers in Vienna,; two residential projects in Tirana as well as on various private projects in the Middle-East. Some of MCA’s main projects are “La Balena” (The Whale) kindergarten in Guastalla, Reggio Emilia; the “ARPAE” headquarters for the regional agency for prevention, environment and energy in Ferrara; the “Sino-Italian Ecological and Energy Efficient Building” in Beijing. Mario Cucinella Architects has a product design department called Mario Cucinella Design, MCD, which has always been focused on themes such as recycling and circular economy, and counts in its portfolio a number of collaborations with the best-known Italian companies. Since 2015 Mario Cucinella Architects includes SOS – School of Sustainability, a practice academy to train professionals in the field of sustainability.
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