Born in Viareggio, graduated in Florence in 1974 under Leonardo Savioli. He then took a Master's in Architecture at the Architectural Association in London and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Since the early 70's, he has focused on the relationship between ecology and architecture. In 1977, he published "The Solar House," a monographic study on bioclimatic architecture. In the 1980s, he lived in San Francisco where he worked with Peter Calthorpe and Sim Van Der Ryn, drawing up projects based on the concept of environmental sustainability.
His work both as a designer and as an architect has been the subject of publications and personal exhibitions in Italy, the US, and South America. In 2000, he won the international competition for the building of the Palos Verdes Art Center in Los Angeles. His professional activity also includes urban furnishing projects, commercial interiors and preparing exhibitions.
He has taught architectural planning and design at several universities, including the University of California in Berkeley, the Technion Institute in Haifa, Israel and the University of Toronto. At present, he is Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University and Kent State University in Florence and in the United States.
He is also the author of a number of monographs on his design activity ("Elementary Design", "The Copper House, "Thinking Lines") and two studies on urban space ("Florence: A Map of Perceptions" and "Firenze Changing Viewpoints."
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Via della Ninna: One of the characteristics of Florence's urban pattern is the recurring presence of an accidental geometry based on acute angles, deriving from the irregular street network.
I didnít bring my watercolours with me: I didnít bring my watercolors with me.