AG&P workshop was set up in 2014 to broaden the range of experimentation and research conducted by the AG&P greenscape studio, through participation in competitions, uncommissioned projects and various other proposals: it is a workshop of ideas for tackling concrete questions of landscape, on all scales, and developing pioneering designs. Over the years and through the accumulation of experience, the workshop has grown in strength and since 2017 has consolidated its activities of research and experimental design. The themes of the research carried out by AG&P workshop, always developed in full synergy with the projects which it tackles, reflect today both a methodology of inter-scalar and multidisciplinary design and a capacity for technological experimentation that is always on the cutting edge. The centrality of the ecological approach in the design of the built environment, something stressed by the principal agendas of the United Nations and the players involved in the processes of transformation of contemporary cities, entrusts landscape design with an increasingly fundamental role of guidance in schemes of sustainable territorial and urban regeneration, working in an integrated fashion on the different scales of the project. For this reason the complexity of the contemporary project requires an ever wider range of skills, expertise and open and experimental perspectives. The four areas developed by AG&P workshop today tackle the most important aspects of the main themes of landscape architecture. AG&P pursues its lines of research in total synergy with the projects on which it is working, drawing on the know-how of its team of consultants and specialists and with the support of the CSELT research centre in Turin.
Innovation in systems of green roofs and vertical and hanging gardensGreenification investigates regeneration of the existing building stock in a sustainable manner, as well as a greater sustainability of new architectural and urban schemes, through the important contribution, in terms of the introduction of vegetation into buildings, of continual technological innovation. For years AG&P has been seeking solutions for the creation of microclimatic ecological niches in densely inhabited urban settings with the aim of improving the liveability of spaces and the energy performance of buildings and reducing the consumption of resources and the overburdening of urban infrastructures. The theme is explored in relation both to living spaces and to the quality of workspaces, combining efficiency of performance, innovation in the creative approach and high scenic capacity.
Sustainable urban regeneration and eco-districts
Landscape urbanism examines the most effective actions that can be taken to react to climate change, combat pollution and reduce the consumption of energy and water through nature and public space, promoting solutions for urban vegetation, the permeability of soils and the nature-based management of rainwater, and favouring biodiversity and sustainable mobility. In recent years the studio has been engaged in the definition of models and guidelines of integrated design in support of complex projects of transformation, where open spaces play a key role in the definition of new ecosystems in which the urban and architectural scale hold a dialogue with that of the landscape in a conscious, integrated and inclusive manner. The research focuses on the European context, but also involves experiments conducted in Asia, the Caribbean and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Caring for and upgrading landscapes in post-industrial contextsRe/Landscaping tackles themes such as the national energy transition, the decommissioning of many industrial facilities or the exhaustion of mines and other extraction sites through the development of specific expertise for the regeneration of the landscape and the reclamation of the environment. In the realm of landscape regeneration and environmental reclamation, the research carried out by AG&P develops and constantly updates a specific know-how in order to support, from the analytical, strategic, planning and administrative viewpoint, the players engaged in these operations, facilitating their decision-making processes and contributing to the construction of new imageries. Disused quarries and industrial sites, in a state of neglect or awaiting upgrading, need care, in terms not only of environmental reclamation but also of social and cultural reappropriation, integrated with the surrounding areas.
The construction site as integrated research laboratory
Living Lab explores the management of complex projects, betting on the efficacy of the choices made in the construction phase, with regard both to disciplinary expertise and technology and to the handling of relations between the players involved, including ordinary citizens awaiting the consignment of a public work. Building sites are genuine research laboratories in which to generate innovation through the sharing of processes and experimentation with new technologies. In the management of sites on which AG&P is responsible for the supervision or artistic direction of the works, the studio promotes a totally innovative approach, encouraging the sharing of processes and fostering special initiatives of communication, participation and co-production. At the same time new and pioneering technologies, such as integrated BIM systems and drones, are brought to bear in the different phases of construction, testing and post-testing for monitoring and specialized inspections.