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It’s raining today on Ground Zero, falling raindrops with tears. Images, pictures, faces that families keep alive – the memory of the 11th September 2001. Thousands of umbrellas give shelter and hide people’s heart from the inquisitive cameras and reflectors, at Ground Zero.

The tragedy of the 11th September 2001 has made clear that who grants security is not safe himself. This has determined a global scared and uncertain atmosphere.

However, the human spirit of survival is stronger. Despite hard events, global economic crisis and other sources of disease, the search of sustainable solutions continues and reinforces. Human beings always try to improve their quality life, most often by repairing their mistakes. For instance, forests are destroyed and, on the other side, new trees are planted. Besides, natural resources are exhausted, while someone is fighting to preserve them.

That’s the never-ending struggle for the human being and the planet where he lives.



Valcucine’s Artematica Vitrum glass kitchen is currently on display at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), in Cellophane House, one of five on-site installations in the exhibition: Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling—on view July 20th through October 20th: Part 1 of the exhibit takes us through the history of prefabricated housing with pictures, film and models; Part 2, in an outdoor space to the west of the museum, shows prefabrication as a response to the urgent need for sustainability.

Cellophane House is a full-scale prototype house that radically reinvents the way buildings are made: an aluminum frame serves as a matrix on which fabricated floors, ceilings, stairs are attached by bolted connections. The house is an impermanent object to be disassembled—not demolished—at the end of its life. Valcucine’s Artematica Vitrum kitchen makes ecological sense in the context of KieranTimberlake’s Cellophane House. For more than a quarter century, Gabriele Centazzo (chemist, engineer and head designer of Valcucine) has been committed to environmental integrity. Centazzo says, “On the brink of the third millennium, practical and ethical reasons oblige us to make a U-turn, transforming the destructive economy of the industrial era into a system that restores health to our planet and improves the quality of our life.”

Valcucine’s Artematica Vitrum cabinetry— like Cellophane House—uses an aluminum structural frame for support. Gabriele Centazzo presented Artematica, its first “dematerialized” panel, in 1988. The cabinet fronts are less than ¼” thick tempered glass, the worktops ½” thick. Artematica’s aluminum frame reduces the amount of material used in the cabinet door by 85%, extending the life of hinges and joints, prolonging the life of the kitchen. Vitrum expresses Gabriele Centazzo’s passion for glass: made from an almost inexhaustible natural material (sand), glass is completely recyclable and sustainable, harder than steel, resistant to humidity and totally emission free. The Artematica Vitrum cabinet fronts in Cellophane House are white gloss, the countertop matte ebony glass. The entire kitchen is easy to dismantle, and labeled for recycling.


Alain Robert aka Spiderman in his last climbs, in New York and Frankfurt, showed a clear eco message to warn everyone about global warning.

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