Design, for me, involves anything that can be imagined by drawing.
ARCHITECTURE PRO BONO
Architecture for Good
Solving Rome's Urban & Refugee Challenges:
TEMPORARY HOUSING in A PERMANENT BUILDING
A project for the city that is also for people. Fixing the problems of modern urbanism, and providing dignified temporary housing. Using the tools of the past to solve modern problems.
Rebuilding the Renaissance
THE PAINTING MUSEUM OF LUCCA is housed in the Villa Guinigi: a fifteenth-century villa in an urban context, because it is within the later circuit of city walls. A long, symmetrical bar with a central loggia, it has lost its garden context and presents a rather arid first impression to the street entrance. This design (left) shows how the actual condition (below) could be transformed into an enticing Renaissance garden.
The built world is a collaborative enterprise. It all starts with design, or disegno in Italian, from which all works of substance begin. I have had the privilege of collaborating in my built work and decorative projects with outstanding craftsmen, builders, and collaborating architects. In parallel with my built work I maintain an interest in imaginary, theoretical, or polemical projects, whether pro bono—for the public good—or for my own edification. The architects and designers whom I emulate always maintained this balance, or tension, between what can be built and what should but may not be built. That was how art progressed...