The second edition of ARCHITECT@WORK in Rome enjoyed great success with an increase in visitor numbers and with reports of numerous, successful conversations where information was exchanged. Again this year, the aim was to introduce a selected number of companies selling quality products to a qualified audience of designers.
From 11th to 12th October, at the Fiera di Roma, architects met approximately 100 companies from a wide range of product categories, from ceramics to lighting, door and window frames to flooring. All companies selected were manufacturers of products considered excellent in terms of the quality of materials used, functional and technological innovation and their aesthetics. It was also important for manufacturers that focus on specific market segments to meet the market their products are targeted at.
As in all editions of ARCHITECT@WORK, a relaxed atmosphere was created for the exchange of information and to encourage new partnerships and collaboration. Traditional fairs can be rushed, but ARCHITECT@WORK has eliminated the chaos and difficulty associated with navigation, allowing its visitors to devote all the time necessary for research and to receive detailed answers. Hence, the fair received a record 2,045 visitors from the sector, with a 6% increase in attendance compared to the previous edition.
The theme of the 2017 edition of ARCHITECT@WORK was “Water and Architecture.”
In this context, the exhibition “Water, Architecture and Materials,” curated by the architect Arianna Callocchia, together with DDN and OFARCH, generated much interest. The exhibition presented recent Italian and international projects, where water and the materials used in the projects’ construction are the central theme, with all elements positioned on 24 cylinders that formed suggestive waves.
The four seminars, which were truly extraordinary in terms of their public success, were conducted by key players of architectural research and were inspired by the aquatic theme. Two talks were scheduled per day: Wednesday 11/10 “Two Spas: Beirut and Trieste” – Studio Lazzarini Pickering, followed by “Vertical City” – Studio Luca Curci Architects; Thursday 12/10 “A Collective Project” – Studio Piuarch; “Water, Architecture and Materials” – the Architect Arianna Callocchia. Training credits were assigned for all the talks.
The special guest at the opening of the event was the Chairman of the Association of Architect Planners, Landscapers and Conservationists of the Province of Rome, Alessandro Ridolfi, who introduced the second edition of ARCHITECT@WORK Rome with a short speech to the professionals in the packed conference room.
Vertical City – Zero-Energy City-Building
Vertical City Urban System is planned to incorporate smart city technologies and to connect more than 100.000 people dividing the city in functional areas.
A number of renewable energy resources, such as wind, water turbines and solar panels are also incorporated. Energy storage solutions. Water desalination. Food production and farming integrated and follow a zero-waste policy. Healthier life-style. No suburbs. Less poverty oriented.
The project combines sustainability with population density and it aims to build up a zero-energy city-building. Starting from the analyses of the contemporary skyscraper, conceived as a compact element, smooth and alienated from the surrounding space, the project has re-interpreted it in an opened structure, equipped with green areas on each level, natural light and ventilation. 100% green transport systems. This new interpretation allows its residents to get into an healthier life-style, in connection with natural elements, re-thinking the traditional concept of community and society.
“Vertical Cities will shape our future”, Arch Luca Curci
The main residential city-tower is connected, by water and by air, to the three towers of offices, goverment departments, healthcare facilities and educational institutions, including all levels of schools and universities. The interconnected system also works as a tourist destination. There are other three structures, the Moons, more oriented to the lifestyle amenities such as hotels, welness and spa centres, sport centres, shopping malls, bookshops, and leisure attractions.
“We will build a new way of living. More sustainable. With more interconnected communities programs. Deleting suburbs. Reducing poverty“, said Arch. Luca Curci
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