Mario Cucinella graduated in Genoa in 1986 with Giancarlo De Carlo and the following year he began his training in the studio of Renzo Piano with whom he would have the opportunity to collaborate on several occasions throughout the years. In 1999 Cucinella founded the studio MC A – Mario Cucinella Architects which would become an important actuality in the European architectural panorama and today it is certainly one of the most prestigious design activities in our country. Speaking with Mario Cucinella, it becomes evident that the building and the form in themselves are not the centre of his thoughts, but the possibility of using architecture as a means of improving people’s lives. Mario Cucinella has never tried to become a star in search of applause and notoriety through his projects, but a man who puts his work at the service of the community.
MC A is very attentive to the issue of sustainability. What does it mean to create truly sustainable architecture?
We have believed in sustainability since before the times when these issues were anticipated, and were not the trend of the moment. For us, architecture is the expression of a place and setting, not vice versa. The architectural language that “colonises” the territory does not come into our way of thinking.
Despite your assignments you have always been far from the world of “archistars”…
There was a period at the end of the previous century where some architects were as famous as actors in the cinema and the works they achieved, in many ways reflected this climate. What I can say is that I understand this communicative approach but it must be said that creating architecture is...
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