ARCOPLAN Studio associato di ingegneria e architettura
Arcoplan is an architectural and engineering consultancy active in the fields of architectural, landscape and urban design.
The product of the collaboration between Anna Artuso, architect, and Elena Cossu, civil engineer, Arcoplan has developed specific expertise in architectural and landscape design connected with waste management interventions aimed at the development of the concept of Waste Architecture.
Arcoplan specialises in design and consultancy activities and boasts extensive experience in functional landfill rehabilitation, environmental restoration, remediation of degraded land, reuse centres, integration of waste tyres collection systems and architectural design of waste pre-treatment and composting plants.
Arcoplan also strives to disseminate the above topics by collaborating to the organization of scientific conferences connected to the research activities carried out by the University of Padova in the field of environmental engineering.
Israel Alba, architect, researcher and associate professor at Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Campus de Madrid (UPSAM), heads since 2000 a multidisciplinary firm of architecture, design and landscape, headquartered in Madrid, based on a collaborative, multi-faceted and multi-disciplinary approach to architecture, design and landscape.
Through its operating platform WASTE LAB CAN, his architecture focuses on the issue of waste and possible solutions. It is involved in theoretical and academic research and debate, whilst also working on real practical issues in the construction of large-scale projects.
His work has received numerous international and national prizes and awards, including AZ Awards in 2014, PID Global Award in 2013, Europe 40 under 40 in 2011, the Philippe Rotthier European Prize of Architecture in 2014 and 2011, Award of the Madrid Architects Association COAM in 2009 and 2005, the EXPOSYNERGY A.Prize in 2010 and the ULI Europe Award in 2004.
He has lectured on the issue of waste and possible solutions in Malaysia, Brazil, Argentina, Italy and Spain.
Raffello Cossu is full Professor of Solid Waste Management at the University of Padova and Dean of the Faculty of Environmental and Land Planning Engineering at the same University from 2000 to 2013. He is currently the Editor in chief of Waste Management, International Scientific Journal on waste management edited by Elsevier, Amsterdam.
Past President and currently a member of the Managing Board of IWWG (International Waste Working Group), the main international scientific association in the field of waste management.
He has delivered presentations in over 50 seminars and 100 congresses on waste management and controlled landfills worldwide. He is author of over 200 scientific papers and five international books on waste management, printed by leading publishing houses (Academic Press, Elsevier, EF and Spon).
MARIA CRISTINA LAVAGNOLO
Assistant Professor at the University of Padova since July 2002. She teaches ‘Environmental Sanitary Engineering’ and ‘Waste Management in Developing Countries’ modules.
She has cooperated in several research projects on wastewater treatments, leachate treatments on disposal and integrated management of solid wastes. In the last few years she has been mainly involved in a project regarding the decentralization of urban wastewater treatment plants and integrated solid-liquid management: wastewater reuse; phytodepuration of grey water and urine; anaerobic digestion of the solid waste organic fraction and brown water; hydrogen production from different organic wastes; phytodepuration by energy crops. Specifically involved in several solid waste and water management projects in Africa, she is the director of a Master on ‘Integrated management of water resources and environmental sanitation’ sponsored by the European Community and vice-director of the Master on ‘Technologies for the sustainable and intercultural management of wastes in African Countries’ held in Cameroun, at the ENSTP.