ARCHITECTURE | URBAN PLANNING | GRAPHIC & WEB DESIGN | VISUAL
architects+urban planners is an office based in merano, italy, founded in
2001 by Marco de Fonzo, Salvo Di Silvestro and Giorgio Gottardi with the
idea of addressing the different single experiences (through the florence-venice-dortmund-munich-london-rotterdam route) to create a
“voice”. Declared aim of the office is the research in the fields of
architecture, urban planning, graphic design, web design and visual
communication, with the secret aspiration of “promoting” the key-role
of the architect in contemporary complex society.
The office prefers an experimental
opposition to sterile “preservation-isms”,
based on the firm belief that each of the greatest architects of
the past was mainly a bright observer and a perfect interpreter of his own
age. The contemporary architect must “read” the past in a synthetical
and practical way, in a constant search for the future.
The “flesh” of architecture, the materials, is
another field being investigated by X-TERN, as they believe this is a part
of the task of the Architect since ever. History teaches us that some of
the currently used materials were first born in an architect’s mind
before being actually deviced and produced.
Finally, X-TERN believes in the exploitation of the
potentiality of new digital technologies in the applications they already
have and will more and more have in the field of architecture.
is currently led by Salvo Di Silvestro and Marco de Fonzo.