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Redesigning spaces, after Covid-19; Arianna Piva

“We are fighting today against Covid-19: the epidemy has such worldwide impact that it will be inevitably the new breaking point of the contemporary age. Today, even more than before, architects, designers and urban planners have a crucial responsibility in redesigning the spaces we were used to live according to new criteria: let’s take this chance to have a global overview of the situation and apply sustainability as a tool for human and natural preservation”, says Arianna Piva, Design Director, Metrogramma Studio


The dramatic consequences of before and after COVID-19. Tell us about it.

The dramatic consequences of climate change are in front of our eyes, becoming clearer and clearer everyday: scientific reports showed extensively the impact on natural reserves, from forests to glaciers. Today, man is fighting worldwide a war against an invisible enemy – Covid-19; meanwhile Earth is starting to breath again: just a coincidence?

We are fighting today against Covid 19: the epidemy has such worldwide impact that it will be inevitably the new breaking point of the contemporary age. Today, even more than before, architects, designers and urban planners have a crucial responsibility in re-designing the spaces we were used to live according to new criteria: let’s take this chance to have a global overview of the situation and apply sustainability as a tool for human and natural preservation.

Gender equality and environmental crisis:  what is your take on it.

Gender equality is a social challenge: the situation is improving worldwide though it is still an important open topic. If we want to link these two themes, I think that it’s interesting to notice how charismatic people such as Greta Thunberg manage to drive their audience beyond their sexual classification and bring the attention towards the environmental crisis issue.

The environmental crisis obviously represents a global issue: everyone is involved, no matter ethnicity, social status or sex. Now-a-days, the environmental crisis is a very popular matter – global waste, climate action, air pollution are just few of the key words that politicians, business men, multinational companies use as a honey trap. The manipulation of these issues is both risky and unfair. I think we should trust instead science above all and filter information with an attentive critical sense to find out our role in the environmental challenge: everyone can act, starting from its everyday life.

You have done many projects so far? Which are the ones close to your heart and why?

The Riverfront, the Red Circle and the Wind Tower
(© The Big Picture, courtesy by SBA)
World Earth Day 2020

Metrogramma is an architecture and urban planning firm, active internationally in the last 20 years: During this time we went through several interesting projects, though I would like to mention in particular this year’s masterplan in Genova, winner of the international competition Parco del Polcevera launched by the Municipality after the tragedy of the collapse of Ponte Morandi. The design, developed together with other urban design and landscape specialists, deals with the regeneration of the valley, both in terms of reconstruction of the urban and social fabric and of the improvement of the transversal connections through the area. The project is a great example of teamwork both inside the design consortium and with the stakeholders involved in the project, from public players, to private ones.

Do you have any role model whose traits you often follow?

I could list several masters of Architecture, Pritzker awarded architects, icons of design, though I always believed that we should prefer to build up our own expertise collecting several multidisciplinary teachings instead than focusing exclusively on one model. Now-a-days intertwining professional experiences is becoming more and more important for an efficient planning.

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