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Mrs&nbspMaura Caturano
Mrs Maura Caturano

Full Name:
Maura Caturano
Naples  Country: Italy

Field of study: Architecture and History of Arts 
Degree type : 
3rd Cycle(Master and PHD)
Year of graduation: 


Università degli Studi di Firenze - Facoltà di architettura
Country: Italy Town: Florence

Architect and Landscape architect
Naples, 14/06/1985



2014 Frelance Architect and Landscape architect

2013-2014 StudioGiorgieri Florence, Italy
2012 Studio Pozzoli. Landscape architectural firm.Florence, Italy
Landscape architecture trainee.

2010-2012 FUKSAS - Massimiliano Fuksas Associati .Rome, Italy
- New Congress Center Eur “the cloud”, Rome, Italy
team: Arch.Miele (project manager)-Arch.Annunziata -Arch.Caturano
Responsibilities:Artistic direction: Project plans, verify construction drawings and execution plans.Prepare information regarding design, specifications, materials and equipment.Choosing materials for architecture and interior design equipment:
(congress hall, auditorium, foyer - bathrooms - conference rooms - concourse)
- Shopping Mall in Louvain la Neuve, Belgium team: Arch.Miele (project manager)-Arch.Annunziata -Arch.Caturano Responsibilities:drawings for concept design and presentations to clients

Responsibilities: model making for the expo “DOMINIQUE PERRAULT Architecture Buildings” in Wien and for the Centre George Pompidou in Paris.Built CADdrawings: Olimpic stadium Madrid - Central station P.zza Garibaldi Napoli


2013- Architectural Competition “re-Visionary”- Design a sustainable university campus in Winnipeg, Canada .Team leader: Maura Caturano - team: U.Caturano, Stefania Olimpo, Simona Scognamiglio, Andrea Scopelliti
2012 -“Concorso di idee per la riqualificazione urbanistica e paesaggistica della fascia periurbana ad ovest delle mura” San Gimignano (SI) - 8 Classified - Team leader: Maura Caturano - team: Marine Patin e Maura Caturano
2009- Publication of university project in:“Vomero, Storkterrein e altri luoghi. Il progetto didattico come ricerca” P.Miano
2008- II Price- Gravina competition “Un forte, un quartiere” Urban design competition in Portici, Naples- Maura Caturano
2008 - Assisting student in graduate Thesis in Landscape design: “La riqualificazione del giardino storico del Castello di Vicoequense” University of Naples - department of Architetcure.
2007- I Price- Photography competition “Case- Abitare a Napoli” Naples, Italy
2007- Photography exposition of personal works - competition Martelive - Naples, Italy
2007- Graphic design competition “Roma in un’immagine” a logo for the city of Rome, Italy

2013-Post-graduate Master’s degree in Landscape architecture and Urban design
Interfaculty master -Università degli studi di Firenze e Uniser di Pistoia
Degree title: “Un progetto di riqualificazione paesaggistica per il parco archeologico del Pausylipon a Napoli”grade:110 cum laude/110

2012- Registered Architect at Albo degli Architetti di Firenze matr.7998

2010- Graduate in Architecture (5ue - European licensed architect) Classe di laurea 4-s Architettura-Ingegneria edile University of Naples “Federico II”
thesis in urban planning and urban design: “Olimpic Park Berlin“grade: 110 cum laude/110

2008- trainee design and architecture in Amsterdam Borneo-Sporenburg District, Amsterdam
2008-Vitra Design Workshop “Portable Architecture” con Robert Kronnburg (UK) in Boisbuchet, Poiters, Francia
2007-Workshop “Sit down and let’s talk” design lab using recicled materials
2006-Vitra Design Workshop “Manufactured nature” con Beat Karrer (CH) in Boisbuchet, Poiters, Francia

2005- Ecole d’Architecture de Paris La Villette - exchange program (1 year)
2003 - Enrolled at University of Naples “Federico II” Faculty of Architecture
2003 - Highshool degree in science L.S.S Elio Vittorini Via D.Fontana Naples, Italy
-European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
-Microsoft OFFICE PACK
-Adobe Photoshop CS5, Illustrator, Indesign
-Google Sketchup 8 + Vray

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Scale* : Multi-Scale Analysis
* : A new Landscape and regeneration design project for the Pausilypon archaeological park in Naples
Interdisciplinary character (other interested fields):
Environment & Territory:
Other: Landscape / Archaeology / Cultural heritage / Urban planning

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Project (block 1) - Objectives of the Project*

One of the most important and beautiful Roman area in Campania is located near the Phlegraean Fields, the large volcanic area situated to the west of Naples, and its name is Pausylipon. During the first centuries of the Empire, on the hill of Posillipo upon the sea, was erected an imperial villa by the Roman knight Publius Vedius Pollio ,an important personality during the Augustus empire, and the name given to this site means “ place of ending pains” expressing the serenity and the beauty of the area. Today this place is deemed to be extraordinary for its archaeological and natural heritage. All area integrate a complex of buildings ( the imperial villa, a garden, a theater , an Odeon, a temple, a pool, terraces and thermal baths) and a series of submerged archaeological structures.
This wonderful place needs an integrate study of analysis and a strategic landscape masterplan project focused on the archaeological area and its surrounding.
The imperial villa Pausylipon represent one of prime example of a Roman villa structured as a little town, built to fit the architecture to the nature of the site, arranging the different facilities in various groups of building spaced out scenically in the landscape.
Today many problems interest the area at different scales, so the aim of the project was to promote the value of the area studying it with a interdisciplinary approach, creating a project that give value to the entire heritage of the site in its relatives fields such as architecture, history, architectural archaeology, landscape archaeology, botanic, planning and urban design.
The principal objective of the thesis was to develop a landscaping project strongly related to these pre-existences and to furnish some tools to improve the value and the fruition of the Pausilypon archaeological park, that until today has always been treated with no integrated tools and without including a strategic urban and landscape planning.

Project (block 2) : Progress, Methodologies and tools used for the Project*

The aim was to provide a complete work of analysis to successfully create a landscape rehabilitation project, founding the best solutions to solve existing problems and developing potentialities of the site. For this reason the whole work was organized following these different phases:

- Analysis of territorial assessments in the Phlegraean Fields territory at scale 1:5000 (Geological and morphological study of site emergencies, mobility, system of the open spaces and protected areas). It was also studied existent naturalistic and landscape resources ( botanical sources and agrarian landscape mapping)

- Analysis of the historical and cultural heritage system at scale 1:5000 (Mapping of the villas and historical gardens, system of the historical stratification, identification of thematic itineraries) with a study of the archaeological structures into Posillipo and Bagnoli districts (Roman archaeology, post-industrial archaeology and the Pausilypon inner systems of archaeological rests).

- Diagnostic analysis of the entire imperial villa area, identifying criticisms (dangerous access, rubbish and obstacles on the paths, private constructions into the area, no presence of lights) and potentialities (panoramic points, large open spaces without specified uses, good state of vegetation) with a study of the tourists actual behaviors on the site.

Through all theses studies an enormous urban potentiality was funded, so the next phase was to design a masterplan for the large area, and a landscape design plan focused on the theater area near the Pollio’s house.

The masterplan was designed at scale 1:1000 and also the right limit of the archaeological park was redefined. In this plan a new system of urban foot paths and car access was created to simplify the access and permit a real use of the archaeological area. Some new structure in wood were introduced like the ticket/info point, a wc, and a relax area with a little bar.

Project (block 3) - Results *

This transformation project was created to generate new uses of the area, so new educational activities were proposed like a point of simulated archaeological screening, bird-watching points, place of learning the history of theater and Roman Empire and a sacred path into the woods. Panoramic terraces were put in value and the system of open spaces was made more clear for visitors. For all the archaeological area a big importance was given to material chosen to not cause problems to underground structures and at the same time be sustainable and functional, like the stabilized sand used for the paths.

The area to relax and tourist services is located in the north part of the park before to arrive in the main archaeological area. A wood platform for the bar and facilities was designed to be light and removable.

The main landscape project was focused on the theater area that represents the center of the whole archaeological site. The masterplan consisted in re-give the ancient importance to this center, so was designed a promenade between the theaters, the temple, the wood and the panoramic point. This promenade remind the ancient “vidivarium”, the part of roman garden where people used to walk, and pass from a part to another of the villa. It was also a place to talk and been seen. The promenade was made by simply emphasized the existing empty space planting strips of Oxalis-pes-caprae and Lippia repens chosen for their short roots that not compromise the asset of the underground rests. A long bench made of wood was designed to sit and to learn the site history thanks to panels integrate in it. The light was also integrate in the bench structure to avoid the possibility to touch the ground in this such important area. In this forest the vegetation was preserved but was designed a path with some Oscilla (small masks representing roman personalities ) hung to the trees to create a sacred passage through the forest from the public area to the terrace on the sea.

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