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Infrastructure and Architecture for a City

Archea Associati

If we are to get an insight into what can be dubbed the cultural project behind Italian architecture, then a visit to Florence and the architecture firm Archea Associati is a must. It is no coincidence that the practice was established at the end of the 1980s, and that its founders, Laura Andreini, Marco Casamonti and Giovanni Polazzi, based their work on a fundamental concept for Italian architecture summed up by Richard Rogers: continuity. The term is easily misunderstood. Continuity does not mean serving up the forms and features of a checkered past, but rather starting from what the -
even recent - past has left unfinished or somehow open-ended. Whatever the value judgements of architectural projects of this kind, an indisputable fact, however, remains: every time the concept of continuity has fallen into abeyance in Italian architecture, the results have always been...

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