Mario Cucinella Architects

to talk of a model case

Studio MCA gave us a rewarding task: curating the publication for Workshop Ricostruzione, a project about solidarity and good architecture.

A Solidarity Fund, established by trade unions, Confindustria and Confservizi was one of the most pragmatic answers to the May 2012 earthquake in Emila Romagna. The generosity of workers and businesses allowed five useful places to be constructed for the community.

The works are entrusted to Mario Cucinella Architects (MCA), who called a group of six young architects from the affected province to unite “beauty and hope”.

After the inauguration of the first centre, the House of Music at Pieve di Cento, the promoters decided to tell how everything started.

Bellissimo / Luca Ballarini took care of the graphic and editorial projects: not just an institutional report, but also a one-of-a-kind, single edition magazine.

A magazine called Terrae Motus, with more than one language, with more than one time, which draws to new places also thanks to the strength of colour.

The first question that was asked: how to retrace the commitment of so many people, a long process with a tragic origin, in the past 5 years?

To do justice to the richness and deepness of the story, the studio chose a long-form journalism - a lengthy piece, encompassing all the voices of this story, written by a professional with many collaborations, including ITALIC.

Roberto Zichittella collected eye-witness accounts, memories and projects for the future, details and overviews in the Emilia (and Mantova) province, finding the same dialogue between residents, institutions and designers that guided the Workshop.

The editorial choice was giving voice to an active community and its vital spaces: an “earth that moves”.

This is a new, high-profile experience for the studio, that further explores the role of architecture in our lives - a never-ending passion.

Mca got in touch with Bellissimo / Luca Ballarini after the studio’s art direction on Periferie, a publication of the works of Senator Renzo Piano and his group of young designers, who Mario Cucinella tutored.

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