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PIETRO PORCINAI’S ASSOCIATION, DEDICADED TO THE LANDSCAPE

LUIGI LATINI

Pietro Porcinai’s Association today would like to present the inventory that followed its opening in 2010, the year that also marked the first anniversary of the Tuscan landscape architect. They have been years of research and explorations, of meeting and events accompanied by a growing number of members – that up to today are 107 – and from a more lively interest towards a personality that has become and will be the guide for those who will ask themselves the meaning and value that both landscape and garden have within the worlds of studies, civil battles, social and professional life.

The brief passage written for the opening publication which presented the balance of our first three year period, had been inspired by memorable article that Pietro Porcinai published in the journal “Il Mondo” in March 1946, in which the Tuscan landscape highlighted the importance of “education”, warning us that the idea of an association that of either judge impose but educate. First of all educate to “collaboration”. It’s a very decisive message that at the end of the long period of time that separates those difficult restoration years, but that in years not less difficult, holds a central question and also a solicitation on how the work within the Association should proceed.

Even though a lot has been done in the institutional and cultural field, and with an ever more lively social attention, it is clear, at least for those who do not wish to transform this environment into an easy entertainment subject, the necessity to spread a wider awareness of the landscape, as a work that starts first of all as an educational moment. And in this passage, next to the work carried out by institutional departments such as, for example, the university, it appears clearer than ever the importance of the contribution coming today “from below”, for example from associations which in this field often represent the most lively and curious side of civil and cultural debate.

The beginning of our Association have seen the development of many initiatives oriented to better know Porcinai’s work, in order to give a neat style to the studies that needed  to be carried out, to studies on the field and to the didactic work, working on progressive acquisitions on different territorial settings, monographic researches carried out thanks to the support of public authorities, conventions, video materials. They are activities which our Association follows, as stated in its statute, in order to “let know and give value to the Florentine landscape architect’s personality and work… while promoting initiatives finalized to create an awareness and knowledge, while protecting and assessing the author’s personality, his works and preparing documentary material related to his professional activity”.

It is still very useful in our job the written text entitled Giardino e paesaggio, which Pietro Porcinai published in 1942 in the “Atti della Reale Accademia dei Georgofili” in Florence, republished edited by our Association in the year which celebrated the master’s centenary. As I had already written as a final chapter to the first three years, this brief work represents a memorandum and a guide, since today (?) – at the end of that long period of time of which I have already mentioned – the same questions are still arising: the relationship with history and the freedom of artistic expression; the interpretation of social and economic changes; the safeguards of contexts and that sense of belonging to different places and cultures; finally, the urgency of a correct vocational training of  both technicians and administrators in the landscape sector. And it is in this context that the discussion remains open, and it is Porcinai himself directs us towards that homogenous look which has permitted every work, even the smallest one, to become an exemplary landscape reading exercise and the trace of a civil commitment which, already in the years of reconstruction, imagined to “transfer as much as possible the countryside into the city through the garden”.

The work of our association continues and inaugurates this year its third three year period of activity. Thanks to the work of our member and of all those who recognise in Pietro Porcinai a reference point and an instrument to better orientate one’s own working methods, their own passion, their point of view on a world that records, above all in the landscape, the many tension points and the signs of hope that cross a process of profound transformation of which we are a part of.

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THE ASSOCIATION

The Pietro Porcinai Association, became ONLUS in 2011, constituted in Florence at the dawn of the Pietro Porcinai (1919-1986) birth centenary in order to promote knowledge, protection and valorization  of the huge amount of work done by this Florentine Landscape Architect. Pietro Porcinai’s works of art, nowadays still strongly express professionally both the historical and contemporary identity of the Italian and European Landscaping. The Association is at the moment made up of a rich archival fund and a considerable number of realized projects, witnessing within the Italian context, both a designing and cultural attitude exploring, during the XXth Century, many fields related to landscape architecture and to contemporary sensibility for gardens and landscape.

As made clear by the Statute the Association’s main goals are:

  • To allow Pietro Porcinai’s person and work to be known;
  • To promote actions aimed at making notorious the man and the knowledge, protection and valorization of his works, and also the documentary material, testifying both his professional and cultural activity;
  • To promote cataloguing and protection of his realized works in Italy and abroad, also by demands for declaration of cultural interest.
  • To monitor, in agreement with the competent authorities involved, so that the works of the Florentine Landscape Architect are not tampered with by incongruous or destructive restauration interventions and that the landscape contexts in which they’re inserted may be safeguarded.

The many activities in which the Association is involved with, both independently and in partnership with cultural institutions, local authorities and any person concerned with its purposes in national and international contexts are related to several points:

  • Cataloguing and preservation of Pietro Porcinai’s realized projects both in Italy and abroad, in particular cataloguing and restoration of the many drawings and documents from the Porcinai Archive.
  • Studies and research, in close contact with scholars, cultural institutions and universities aimed at the depth of Pietro Porcinai’s person and the type of care and maintenance of his work.
  • Publishing and cultural initiatives relating to monographies, thematic areas, open questions beginning with the accomplishment of this Italian Landscaper’s written pages and realized projects.
  • Exhibiting and community meeting, initiatives for promoting finalized to raise public awareness, training courses and visits for study purposes.

ONORARY  MEMBERS

Alexander Rattrey

 

THEY WERE ASSOCIATED

Livia Benedetti (1945-2016)
Mauro Bonciani (1930-2012)
Paola Bortolotti (1943-2013)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Members of the current Board of Directors elected by the general meeting associates in April the 5th 2017 are:

Claudia Maria Bucelli
Vincenzo Cazzato
Marco Cillis
Mara Filippi
Paolo Galeotti
Luigi Latini
Gianni Medoro
Franco Panzini
Ilaria Rossi Doria

CORPORATE POSITIONS:
The four elected positions from April the 5th 2017 to present are:

Presidente: Luigi Latini
Vicepresidente: Claudia Maria Bucelli
Tesoriere: Gianni Medoro
Segretario: Sara Tamanini

THE FOUR SOCIAL OFFICES FROM

JUNE 2013 TO JUNE 2016:

Presidente: Luigi Latini
Vicepresidente: Claudia Maria Bucelli
Tesoriere: Gianni Medoro
Segretario: Marco Cillis

JUNE 2010 TO JUNE 2013:

Presidente: Luigi Latini
Vicepresidente: Marina Fresa
Tesoriere: Gianni Medoro
Segretario: Claudia Maria Bucelli

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JUNE 2013 TO JUNE 2016:

Claudia Maria Bucelli
Vincenzo Cazzato
Marina Fresa
Luigi Latini
Gianni Medoro
Franco Panzini
Sofia Varoli Piazza
Marco Cillis
Paolo Galeotti

JUNE 2010 TO JUNE 2013:

Claudia Maria Bucelli
Vincenzo Cazzato
Elisabetta Cereghini
Marina Fresa
Anna Lambertini
Luigi Latini
Gianni Medoro
Franco Panzini
Paola Porcinai
Sofia Varoli Piazza
Luigi Zangheri

ASSOCIATED LIST

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Margherita Azzi Visentini
Philip John Adiuturi
Alberti Giuseppe
Alberti Banchi Maria Paola
Pier Fausto Bagatti Valsecchi
Elena Barthel
Livia Basso
Marco Battaggia
Arianna Bechini
Francesca Benati
Liliana Benedetti
Barbara Bergamaschi
Mirella Bernasconi Vivante
Carla Bianchi
Rita Biasi
Cesare Bonotto
Beatrice Brunetti
Piercesare Bozzalla Canaletto
Claudia Maria Bucelli
Paolo Capecchi
Gabriella Carapelli
Vincenzo Cazzato
Paola Cavallini
Giovannino Ceccarelli
Marco Cei
Elisabetta Cereghini
Gianluca Chelucci
Lucia Chiappi
Lorenza Ciacci
Marco Cillis
Laura Cocchis
Delfino Colmegna
Claudio Cordoni
Stèphanie de Courtois
Anna Costa
Ciro Degl’Innocenti
Fiorella Degl’Innocenti
Marta Donati
Marcello Fagiolo
Mara Filippi
Fiammetta Fiorelli
Marina Fresa
Fabrizio Fronza
Paolo Galeotti
Christiane Garnero Morena
Luciano Giacché
Giulia Giacché
Camilla Giunti
Alessio Guarino
Biagio Guccione
Silvia Galluzzi
Giuliano Gori
Fabio Ippolito
Bianca Jacomelli
Anna Lambertini
Luigi Latini
Maria Lella
Domenico Luciani
Monica Luengo
Marco Martella
Claudia Massi
Milena Matteini
Tessa Matteini
Giovanni Mazzi
Cristina Mazzucchelli
Gianni Medoro
Andrea Meli
Giulio Merlani
Assunta Mingrone
Monique Mosser
Emanuele Mussoni
Grazia Morandi
Emanuela Paglia
Maria Giulia Pagliero
Marco Panizza
Guido Pantani
Franco Panzini
Carnen Paroni
Eleonora Pecchioli
Laura Pellissetti
Adriana Pellizon
Antonio Perazzi
Anna Porcinai
Paola Porcinai
Mariachiara Pozzana
Bianca Maria Rinaldi
Ines Romitti
Valeria Romoli
Franco Rossin
Ilaria Rossi Doria
Maria Carmen Sacco
Alessandra Sbaragli
Alvaro Standardi
Patrizia Stranieri
Kimberlee Stryker
Sara Tamanini
Valerio Tesi
Marc Treib
Maurizio Tomazzoni
Aurelio Valentini
Sofia Varoli Piazza
Gaia Flavia Zadra
Luigi Zangheri
Simonetta Zanon
Francesco Zanuttini Radicati

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