LIVIO DE CARLO
- Born in Genoa, Italy, March 1st 1960.
- Grown up in a little village on the seaside next to Genoa with parents and two brothers, at 17 I went to USA as an Afs student; I spent a year in Ponca City, Oklahoma, where I attended the local high school and obtained the National Honor Society.
- I went to the University of Architecture in Genoa, where I graduated with Laude in 1986, with a final thesis on the renovation of the ancient harbor of Genoa, with Prof. Giancarlo De Carlo.
- Between 1981 and the 90s I followed the ILAUD courses, seminars, etc, in Urbino, Siena and Bruxelles.
I started working in balloon frame building sites in Oklahoma at 17; during my university years with significant collaborations with the ILAUD team, I was involved in the recovery of a part of the historic center of Genoa, with the Rpe Office, in a research program on maintenance and recovery and for quite a while I was assistant to the site director of a large housing development on the hills of Genoa.
In 1987 I went to work at Herman Hertzberger’s office in Amsterdam, where I was involved in a few large scale projects and competitions. In the following years I had other professional collaborations in Holland, with Kraijvanger, Urbis Office in Rotterdam and Mathijs De Boer.
Between 1989 and 1992 in Milan I worked with Prof. Alberto Mioni on architectural and urban design projects, and from 1992 I started some collaborations with Arch. Marco Zanuso, especially on the construction drawings of the Piccolo Teatro in Milan and on the development of the project for the new Opera House in Bolzano.
In 1992 I started my own firm in Milan, being associated with Eliana Masoero, at the time my wife.
The office MDC architects, in the 15 years long activity, had challenging opportunities in many different areas, from urban scale and landscape, to architecture, restoration, office design, shop design and residential interior design. From 1997 until 2009 we’ve been in charge of the master plan, of the overall design of the public parks, museum, road system and of the private development projects and of some building sites of the Tuvixeddu area in the city of Cagliari in Sardinia.
In 2008 the MDC association was split and I kept the office in Milan for a couple of more years. We continued some rewarding restoration projects and building sites in Milan and in Piacenza, continued my consultant work with the communal administration in Cagliari for the building site of Tuvixeddu, we entered a few competitions and won the 4th prize in the international competition for the University Campus in Parma.
In 2008 I also moved to Rome and in 2010 I closed the Milan office, I stopped the collaboration with the University of Genoa and started a steady collaboration with Arch. Bolko von Schweinjchen, in Florence.
In the last years we've been busy with quite a few important restoration projects and building sites: the little almost abandoned village of Rosennano, near Siena, the antique farm of Castagnoli in Castellina in Chianti, the Torricella farm near Montalcino, Reniella farm and agriturismo in Montefollonico, facing Montepulciano, the medieval complex of Palazzone in Sovicille (Siena), the ancient castle of Castelluccio in Pienza (Siena) and other old and ancient country houses mostly in the southern part of Tuscany.
Urban and landscape design- MDC architetti associati
The important experiences at the University soon proved to be useful. In 1995 we started collaborating with the main private contractor in Italy, Impregilo, at first on on some little development plans near Milan, then in 1997 we started working at the master plan for the area of Tuvixeddu in Cagliari (Sardinia).
The master plan regarded an area of 50 hectares and the best part of it is occupied by the largest Phoenician necropolis in the world; there was a complete urban and landscape restoration, with a large public park, road system, new housing and commercial buildings, university buildings, etc. The master plan was approved in the year 2000 and in the following years we made a number of variations, of development and landscape plans. In the meanwhile we collaborated with the Comune of Fabriano on the Reconstruction plans after the earthquake of 1998. In the following years we made master plans, housing development plans and rehabilitation plans of derelict lands in Sardinia, in Piacenza, near Lucca, in Rivalta near Turin.
Architecture and Interior design - MDC architetti associati
During the years we worked on many architectural projects: a new country house in the hills area of southern Piemonte, a transformation in Sardinia, a number of rehabilitations of city and country houses. We always tried to understand and discover the qualities and the main characters of the existing buildings and/or of the site. From the year 2000 till 2007, with a strong group of colleagues and consultants, engineers, landscape designers, archeologists, botanicals, we designed the new archeological urban park, the new archeological museum, all the housing complexes and the university buildings and the students housing, from urban landscape planning to official drawings for building permits to construction drawings. The park building site started in 2004, but in 2007 when the housing projects were finally ready for construction an incredible political turmoil stopped everything and still now in 2014 the park building site is stuck, after 2/3 of the works had been made
In the meanwhile we had interior design projects, in Milan, Piacenza, Genoa, Cagliari and others.The loft of Piazza Vetra and the house of Via Garian, both in Milan explain best the approach: after more than 10 years they both still look contemporary.
Restoration - MDC architetti associati
Learning from the past and developing the sk
ills, the knowledge and the rules. With MDC we coped with quite a few very interesting restoration projects, but the most important two were both in Piacenza, the renaissance palace Gazzola, the historic Art School, and the great late baroque Palazzo Anguissola, which was completely restored with different stages that lasted many years in the mid 2000s. This project won the FAI first prize for Restoration in 2005.
Shop and office design - MDC architetti associati
At the beginning of the 90s we had the opportunity of designing and realizing four projects for the fashion brand Balloon in the area of Genoa and we were involved from the choice of the site to the last detail of the custom made furniture. We then designed leather and media shops in Milan, Genoa and Pavia.
As for office design, we worked mainly in the area of Milan: in the 90s for the French group Matra, for Lego Italy, then we made the layout and the interior design of Laboratoires Boiron Italy. A few years ago we were involved in a large design project for one of the communication companies of German Siemens group. It was the restoration and updating of an existing building.
We were consultants for the complete resetting of the Arena sports offices and warehouses, with remodeling, new layouts and some demolitions.
Competitions - MDC architetti associati
Our office participated to competitions in Italy and abroad: a great chance to test new ideas and to develop new skills, important collaborations and to propose new ideas with the freedom and imagination that very often cannot be used in current professional activity.
We entered projects for schools, urban developments and renewals, housing and office districts.
In 2003 we won the competition for a new urban quarter for the little Sardinia city of Macomer.
In 2007 we won the competition for the construction of a new building and for the urban setting at the edge of the city of Fabriano, in central Italy.
In 2007 we were invited to the closed competition for the new office district of Siemens group in Milan and we made a team workgroup with Arup Italy and Starching.
In 2008 we entered the open competition for the new campus of the Tecnopark in Parma and we won the 4th prize.
Collaborations with public administrations and others
Between 1999 and 2001 I was part of the working group created by the Polytechnic of Milan, led by Prof. Mioni, to manage the reconstruction of the earthquake hit city of Fabriano. In the first year we organized and managed all the site surveys and the damage estimate and set the master plans for reconstruction. In the second year we worked with the Municipality offices at the development of local plans and architectural projects.
In 2004 and following I collaborated with WWF and other environmentalist groups for the saving and the renovation of the historic stables “De Montel” in Milan.
In the early '90 I started my collaboration with Prof. Alberto Mioni at the Polytechnic School of Milan, working as an assistant in the Urban Design courses and laboratories.
I had a contract in Milan for the Urban Design Lab, in Mendrisio for the Urban Design Lab, in Ferrara in 2002 for an Architectural Design Lab. In 2004 I started a collaboration with the University of Genoa and there I held the Lab on Technical Design, in Architecture, in the years 2009 and 2010.
From the beginning of my career I collaborated with important private banks and leasing companies and with lawyers, giving advice, making expertises, siding the lawyers in complex heritage or division legal procedures.
I'm currently busy with a few long lasting consultancies concerning important properties in Tuscany.
From the early 2000s I’ve been interested in the concept, and in technical and administrative aspects of sustainable architecture. From 2008 I am an official energy certifier.