Design with nature, “My message for sustainability”

Mario Cucinella has (deserved) fame as a visionary who believes in and invests in sustainable architecture. Each of his ideas is now closely intertwined with nature, no longer only as part of the overall project, but nature as well as’fabric‘used to devise the idea and then build it.

This edition of The Salon will include the future ofsustainable lifebased on circular economy, recycling and innovation.

And the future, architect, can only begin with a reflection that takes into account the overall crisis situation due to a pandemic and now the instability that the war between countries in the center of Europe has created.

“If the events of recent years have made us rediscover the value of sociability and sharing, our feeling in this moment must still find a balance with what surrounds us, with the spaces we live in and the territories we occupy: home, city, planet, and with the resources we have today ».

Architect Mario Cucinella portrayed by photographer Amedeo Turello

The reflection on the new geography of resources must therefore be extended not only to new countries, but also to concrete experiments with new materials.

“For many centuries, the only resources available were those associated with nature, therefore came sun, air, rain, then came the industrial revolution, which brought innovations, technology, oil derivatives and much more. After these three years, we must be able to imagine a new world. There was a moment of rupture that marked one before and one after. We need to look back to draw the route of the future, to regain knowledge and use the climate as a basic design element ».

What does it mean to include the climate in the design?

“We have to think of a city where buildings interact with free energy, we have to use materials that already exist in nature. However, the ecological transformation must take into account a ‘green diplomacy’ that relates to countries that have clean materials. to sell”.

Do you have a virtuous example in mind?

“Let’s look at the ‘Desertec’ project as a case study that would make it possible, by exploiting the desert areas of the Sahara and the Middle East, to generate clean electricity to meet the needs of these countries, but also for a large part of Europe, through The project was conceived in the early 2000s, the foundation that was born is planning a less colonialist and more inclusive Desertec 2.0 version.

Let’s go back to raw materials and new alternative materials that will be exhibited in his ‘Design with Nature’ project. What will we see at the Salon?

«A large library, a large archive of materials found in nature and already ready to carry: bamboo, hemp, the ‘orange fiber’ derived from waste materials from oranges, panels of fish scales. From the rice husks it is possible to get material that can be used in patches. Interior design and construction provide many opportunities to use the materials that will be exhibited at the Salon. And again transformed and recycled waste. The cities are full of the latter. “

What will be the role of the designer and the architects in this process?

“They want a key role, basically will be their ability to map the course by using creativity to set up an alternative world”.

The project ‘Design with nature’ talks about recycling and upcycling. Where do the exhibited materials come from?

“Once the Salon is over, they will have new destinations: a small library for a school or a classroom, a seat for a public space, a table for a laboratory.”

What will ‘Design with Nature’ demonstrate?

“That we can imagine another way to build without continuing to consume the same raw materials, but by activating virtuous ecological paths.”


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Inside the Salone del Mobile, Pavilion 15 by S.Project will host ‘Design with Nature’: The project thinks about the themes of the circular economy and recycling, based on the idea that the city is first and foremost a possible ‘reserve’ of the future , where one can find most of the raw materials useful for the construction of houses that follow new styles. In this perspective, urban areas are in fact becoming a new opportunity to reduce the environmental impact. The installation has three main themes: the development of an already ongoing ecological transformation, the house as the first urban piece of change and the city as a mine of new materials, spread over a large surface that becomes a landscape and at the same time, a refuge for dialogue, sharing, reading, reflection and work. Ethics, circularity, homely space, participatory architecture, urban renewal: there are many suggestions and reflections on which the ‘Design with Nature’ project on display at Salone was born.

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