Marco Casamonti, Archea Associati: Sustainable Landmarks
Founded in 1988 by Laura Andreini, Marco Casamonti, and Giovanni Polazzi, who were joined by Silvia Fabi in 1999, Archea Associati is now a network of about 100 architects who come from different regions and worldwide universities and operate from six different offices in Florence, Milan, Rome, Beijing, Dubai, and São Paulo. The group's interests and research activities range from landscapes to cities, from buildings to design, and while primarily focused on architecture, their projects cover graphics, publishing, exhibitions, and events. The complementarity and scaling from assessment to building site allows integrated operations which are able to intervene in the different types of components of the projects. In addition to their research in the field of design, each founding partner has a parallel activity at the architecture faculties of Florence and Genoa. The most important projects include the Public Library in Nembro (Bergamo, Italy); the new Cantina Antinori in San Casciano Val di Pesa (Florence); the UBPA B3-2 Pavilion at World Expo 2010; GEL, Green Energy Laboratory (Shanghai); the enlargement and renovation of the Perfetti Van Melle site in Lainate near Milan; the CDD Center for Disabilities in Seregno (Milan); the Yanqing Expo Grape near Beijing; the Li Ling World Ceramic Art City (China); and the Colle Loreto residential complex in Lugano (Switzerland). Under construction are Forevergreen Tower in Tirana (Albania); and Changri-La Winery in Penglai (China).