IDC Chairman & CEO at Italy by Design
Italian architecture is known for its rich history, diversity, and unique features that distinguish it from other architectural styles.
Italy is a country with a robust architectural heritage that dates back to ancient times, and various influences, including the Roman Empire, the Renaissance period, and the Baroque era have shaped the country’s architecture.
The Renaissance period, which originated in Italy during the 14th century, marked a period of a great cultural and artistic revival. Many of Italy’s most famous buildings, such as the Florence Cathedral and the Basilica di San Lorenzo, were built during this time and feature distinctive Renaissance features such as symmetry, proportion, and balance. Renaissance architecture also emphasized the use of perspective, which created a sense of depth and three-dimensionality in buildings.
“Italian sustainable design is characterized by a combination of environmental, social, and economic factors that promote sustainable living and development. Sustainable design in Italy is rooted in the country’s rich cultural and artistic heritage and has been shaped by the country’s history of environmental consciousness,” said Arch. Romolo V. Nati, IDC Chairman, and CEO.
Another important aspect of sustainable design in Italy is the use of renewable energy sources such as solar power, geothermal energy, and biomass. Italy has made significant strides in the development of renewable energy technologies, and many sustainable buildings in Italy incorporate these technologies into their design. For example, the Palazzo Italia, the Italian pavilion at Expo 2015, incorporated a photovoltaic glass façade that generated more energy than the building consumed.
“Finally, sustainable design in Italy is also concerned with economic sustainability and the promotion of local economies. Many sustainable buildings in Italy prioritize the use of local labor and materials, which not only reduce the carbon footprint of construction but also support local businesses and promote economic growth.” he added.