Heritage and development

The complexity of development projects based on cultural heritage lies in finding the right balance between past and present, historic preservation and economic development. We strongly believe that managing such a “conflict” is the key challenge for this type of projects.
Our work has taken place in several sites inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List such as the Charterhouse of San Lorenzo at Padula (Italy), the cultural heritage of Niger, the Medina of Fez (Morocco), the Walled City of Lahore (Pakistan), the city of Kandy (Sri Lanka) and the city of Berat (Albania).

Key projects

Urban upgrading of Abastumani town


Urban upgrading of Berat and Përmet cities


Consultancy services for design of urban upgrading interventions in Kandy city

Sri Lanka

  • Jordan. Secondary cities urban revitalisation study (The World Bank, 2004-2005)
  • Morocco. Heritage trails in the Medina of Fez (Government of Morocco (ADER-FES), 2001-2005)
  • Rieti, Italy. Restoration of the Santi Martiri church in Cerchiara (Lazio Region, 2003-2004)
  • Monteverde, Italy. Restoration of the ancient Castle of Monteverde (preliminary study) (Ministry of Culture, 1995)
  • Niger. A study concerning the preservation and improvement of the cultural heritage of Niger (European Commission, 1995-1996)
  • Valva, Italy. Restoration of the ancient tower of Valva (Ministry of Culture, 1994-1995)
  • Naples, Italy. Restoration of the Royal palace of Capodimonte (Ministry of Culture, 1993-1994)
  • Italy. A master plan for the Celano-Foggia cattle-track (Municipality of Trivento, 1995-1998)
  • Padula, Italy. Studies and projects for the «Certosa of San Lorenzo» (Ministry of Culture, 1984-1995)
  • Bari, Italy. Adaptive re-use of the «Kursaal Margherita» theatre (Fratelli Dioguardi SpA, 1992)
  • Avellino, Italy. Adaptive re-use of Villa Amabile as a nursing home (Ministry of Culture, 1989)
  • Salerno, Italy. Survey of the mosaic paving of the cathedral (Duomo) in Salerno (Ministry of Culture, 1988)
  • Italy. A special project for the Cultural Tourist Itineraries in Southern Italy: the area of the Frederician Castles in Apulia and Basilicata (The Agency for the Development of the South of Italy, 1985-1987)

Our services

  • Policies, strategic plans and action programmes
  • Historical investigations, context studies, socio-economic analyses
  • Topographic and architectural surveys
  • Digital mapping, thematic mapping, GIS
  • Pre-feasibility and feasibility studies
  • Design of restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive re-use projects
  • Site presentation, interpretation and signage systems
  • Graphic design and visual communications