TODAY WE INTERVIEW CATERINA MEMEO

Senior Partner at the international architecture studio L35 2022-03-11
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TODAY WE INTERVIEW CATERINA MEMEO

This has been his career path so far:
Architect from La Sapienza University of Rome. In 1993 he moved to Barcelona where he attended the Master in Restoration of Monuments at the UPC, of ​​which he has taught ever since. Since 1997 he works at L35. Senior Partner since 2010 she has dealt with complex retail and mixed-use projects in Spain, Italy, France.

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What is architecture for you?
A fascinating job that demands great responsibility for the impact on people's lives. A profession that imposes reinventing oneself and learning every day.

Sustainability and architecture are increasingly linked…
It is an increasingly present collective moral demand. Sustainability is a design premise that returns to common sense. We are all learning and I believe that, despite how much remains to be done, the road no longer admits your back.

How do you imagine the architecture of the future?
Sustainable and designed to promote connection with the natural environment, even in cities. After the pandemic, there is no doubt that this connection, often forgotten, is essential for personal and social well-being. Improving the quality of life in cities is the real challenge in a world where 70% of the population will live in urban areas by 2050.

Any important project you are working on that you can tell us about? I am currently working on an urban renewal in a small town north of Paris: we transformed the access road into an urban boulevard by rearranging the buildings, adding mixed uses and ensuring quality pedestrian routes. It is a project awarded by the French State under the slogan "Rethinking the commercial periphery" that aims to be a reference for the regeneration of access to cities, often deprived of quality and human scale.

What is the most curious place where you have been inspired?
I really appreciate the architecture and urbanism of Northern Europe, with its ability to combine hi-tech solutions and a relationship with nature, so trips to cities like Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm are the ones that have impacted me the most.

Any dream project come true?
I have been excited to work at Termini, the station where I passed countless times when I lived in Rome during my university period. An iconic building of modern Roman architecture where 160 million people pass each year. Our project consists of reordering the flows and renewing railway services and commercial areas.

What led you to dedicate yourself to architecture?
My training has been totally humanist, but when deciding what to do I have felt the need for concreteness, materiality, the power to combine beauty and technique.

Each project is different, as is the environment where it will be physically reflected. How do both concepts come together?
It is precisely the attention to the context that influences when making the key decisions of the project: implementation, routes, materials, users. The conception of the project always has to be strictly linked to the environment if we do not want it to be perceived as a foreign body.

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