Materials ready at construction site

Phase 2: designing new spaces is more than ever redesigning life

Getting back on construction site after more than two months. Meeting each other again after flows of smart working to reschedule plans and to share anti-contagion safety protocols. Inspecting the conditions of works and materials. Above all, checking the status of trees, ornamental shrubs and groundcovers left to themselves right after planting or waiting in the nursery since the Italian lockdown of March 22.

Spring does not listen to ministerial decrees. Today Phase 2 begins with the partial recovery of activities. We are grateful to be part of it, and to accept the challenge of Covid-19 as architects that design places to share. Because we have new landscapes to grow.

valerio cozzi landscape designer office room one

Covid-19, new landscapes to grow

In such a challenging period with so much uncertainty about the future, we believe that focusing on work while taking all necessary safety precautions is more important than ever. As landscape architects, we shall be familiar with phenomenon that preceded us and that, if we do our job well, may extend their journey of meaning, beauty and life a long after us.

Valerio Cozzi landscape architect and team shifted to smart and remote working since the end of February. Though missing our coffee times together, we are aware of the privilege of being able to run activities and services regularly while adhering to social distancing measures and avoiding unnecessary travel. As we wonder about the scenarios to come, we equipped ourselves to work on site responsibly, complying to the most updated and effective safety levels, as the situation will allow it.

Each of us can be crucial to stop the spread of Covid-19. Let’s strictly adhere to rules to stay safe and, if possible, let’s help who is facing the emergency in the front line by donating to a reliable structure.

Drawing by Valerio Cozzi for ADP #38 AIAPP magazine

It is not enough to change the world. That happens anyway

The new issue of the Italian Association of Landscape Architecture (AIAPP) magazine is focused on the dialogue between landscape design and environmental problems.

To draw the cover, I thought about the mutual bond between designer and landscape. There are no B-series scenarios. Indeed, the most problematic situations are often the most inspiring. In my experience even hard conditions such as erosion and drought can drive the design process and lead the project site to a rebirth.

It is not enough to change the world. That happens anyway, and generally beyond our control. What matters is to interpret this change, specifically in order to lead it. So that this world does not change further outside of ourselves, ultimately becoming a world-without-us.

Günther Anders, Die Antiquiertheit des Menschen (1956)