Alessandro Cambi, Ludovica Di Falco, Francesco Marinelli, and Paolo Mezzalama: -SCAPE Architecture: Close Up
Cornell in Rome Fall 2014 Lecture Series
-SCAPE is an office that exemplifies two often oppositional characteristics of contemporary practice: a need for acknowledging that design occurs in an increasingly global sense — encompassing multiple disciplines, cultures, and locations; as well as a desire to return to certain of the strengths that characterized Italian architecture and engineering in the 20th century, including formal research, the maintenance of a dialogue with history, and an awareness of the technical and constructional aspects of context. Even their name refers to broad and inclusive notions of landscape and cityscape, with points of view ranging from the near prospect to the far horizon, from intimate enclosure to the vast panorama.
The principals of -SCAPE, Alessandro Cambi, Ludovica Di Falco, Francesco Marinelli, and Paolo Mezzalama are all currently visiting lecturers at the Faculty of Architecture at Roma Tre. Their backgrounds have included extensive architectural education and design experience in Rome as well as other locations, such as Paris (Cambi and Di Falco) and Vienna (Di Falco). Since its initial gestation in 2002 and official foundation in 2004, -SCAPE has distinguished itself in numerous national and international competitions and has participated in an equally large number of shows and exhibitions. In 2006 they were selected for the Young Architects Prize (Premio Giovani) by the Accademia di San Luca in Rome. In 2008 the French Ministry of Culture and Communication awarded -SCAPE with the Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes. They received the Romarchitettura 4 prize for best First Work (restoration of an Art Nouveau villa in Rome) in 2010, and the LEAF Award for best work-in-progress in 2013, the National Museum for Italian Judaism and the Shoah in Ferrara (special mention).