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Moondo's interviews Interview with Agostino De Ferrari - The genius and architecture

Interview with Agostino De Ferrari - The genius and architecture

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For Le Interviste di Moondo Tiziana Buccico, journalist, interviews the architect and landscape architect Agostino De Ferrari. Born in 68, the son of the well-known Giorgio De Ferrari, he is an eclectic person who has lived around the world, gaining experience both as an architect and as a landscape architect.

The first question our journalist asks the architect is how architecture, urbanization and nature will change following the pandemic. Agostino De Ferrari explains how long the times of architecture are, from the planning elaboration to the administrative and authorization issues and then the realization. The timing of the construction process does not necessarily coincide with the emergency we are facing right now. Certainly in the future, following the pandemic, many things will change, such as the use of spaces, new ways of working and teaching thanks to technologies, and the growing desire to live in public space. There will be new needs and probably new regulations that will change the projects, perhaps making them more reactive and streamlining the bureaucracy.

Regarding his work as an architect, De Agostino explains the philosophy on which the Studio De Ferrari Architetti is based. Basically the studio tries to put into practice some guiding concepts that should always guide the architect in the approach to the project, that is the reconciliation of the genius loci, vivendi and the cultural one.

The genius loci is the spirit of the place present before the project, that is, the historical, technological and housing context. To this we can associate the genius vivendi, that is how people live in the designed buildings and how the spaces will live, and also the cultural spirit to which the project is addressed, the ability to grasp the various needs of the inhabitants based on the cultural context.

Returning to the theme of landscape, the architect explains the difference between urbanized and natural landscape.

There are landscapes with a strong naturalistic imprint such as nature reserves, which have the aim of preserving a certain variety of flora and fauna. Then there are man-made landscapes that combine man's work and natural beauty, agricultural landscapes are an example, where man makes use of the land in symbiosis with nature. In this case agriculture is functional to the beauty of the landscape because it defines it.

Then there are those fringes of territory in the cities that are abandoned, but with great potential. Today, says the architect, one should invest in environmental redevelopment and invest in the public and collective use of these spaces, so as to reconnect the city to the countryside. Finally there is the urban landscape, and here the point on which to focus are definitely the suburbs to be redeveloped.  

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