Masterplan: Housing, hotel, offices and shopping facilities, Naples (Italy), 2008-in progress ( Picture © : Marco Giovanni De Angelis )

The suffix "-scape" corresponds to an extensive idea of landscape, to an open viewpoint between perspective and the horizon; an integral component of the thinking of this italian quartet that founded the
fi rm. Ludovica Di Falco, Alessandro Cambi, Francesco Marinelli, and Paolo Mezzalama chose France as their second country and they speak French fluently.
After attending the French high school, they studied at the Rome School of Architecture and earned their diplomas under the tutelage of Alessandro Anselmi, urban theoretician and architect of the city hall of Rezé in France, among others. They opted to put the instruction they received in Rome and Florence - where Alessandro earned his diploma after an Erasmus at the Écoles d'Architecture de Paris La Défense and Paris La Villette - into practice with Parisian fi rms.
This transalpine training forged an outlook that blends international infl uences and taught them to keep the rich and sensitive heritage of their countries alive. This is how they integrate the history, memory and traces of the past, the better to magnify them, without throwing a rigid notion of preservation into the mix. Their approach is not alienated by following tradition. The present circumstances of a place are more important to them.
Neither post-modernists nor global architects, -scape is not antagonistic to context nor does it look to enhance the subject in isolation from its environment. This quartet weaves a link between theory and practice, bringing both equally to the fore. This principle leads them in continuity with the spatial-temporal dimension of architectural history in each of their projects. As they emphasize: "continuity is created in architecture for everyday life."
They appreciate to work in areas that cross borders and plans, from the spatial transformation of a duplex
in Rome, to a courthouse competition in Paris, by way of the Europan 8 competition in Riga. Given the panoptic framework in which they work, they adhere to complementary, specialized know-how, periodically, necessary to achieve the projected solution.

(RAPHAEL MAGROU, curator of the NAJAP 2007-2008 exhibition)

Alessandro Cambi
Francesco Marinelli
Paolo Mezzalama
Marta Nardone
Justyna Morawska
Dino De Santis
Ia Kurdiani
Andres Besom
Landscape Design
Urban Planning