Arcoplan is an architectural and engineering consultancy, located in Padova, active in the fields of architecture, landscape, environment, engineering and technical architecture.
Founded in 2009 by Anna Artuso, architect, and Elena Cossu, civil engineer, Arcoplan has developed specific expertise in architectural aspects connected to Waste Management interventions aimed at the development of the concept of Waste Architecture.
Anna Artuso studied at the University of Architecture of Venice (IUAV), gaining her degree in Architecture in 2002. From 2003 to 2012, she worked in a prestigious professional consultancy in Padova, where she dealt with planning and construction management of projects of different natures, such as buildings renovations, new constructions, conservative restorations, urban and landscape interventions.
Elena Cossu graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Cagliari in 2002. In 2007 she became Doctor in Landscape and Territory Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bologna, with a doctoral thesis on the sustainability of urban space in relation to waste collection systems.
Since 2009 they have shared ideas and projects, in order to develop a specific project area: architecture for the environment and, more specifically, the architecture of major works related to Waste Management. They have developed studies and projects for the functional requalification of old and new landfill sites, remediation of degraded land, buildings for waste pretreatment, composting plants and transfer stations, urban models of sustainable management of waste collection, and reuse centres.
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.
In 2015 they founded Waste Architecture Platform, a complex project conceived as a container of initiatives devoted to Waste & Architecture with the aim of developing this theme by means of a series of initiatives involving environmental professionals and architecture, and urban and landscape design experts in the framework of seminars, round tables, design workshops, publications, etc.
In 2015 Arcoplan has coordinated the International Workshop on Waste Architecture / Rehabilitation of Landfills with the scientific support of the Department of Architecture, Design and Planning / University of Sassari, Alghero and the Department of Industrial Engineering / University of Padova.
In 2017 Waste Architecture was introduced as a main topic of the Sardinia Symposium programme.
In 2018 Ri-Vista, an international indexed journal edited by Firenze University Press, has published a special issue on Waste Architecture now available on the journal website. The issue provides a selection of the most significant papers presented in the two appointments of Waste Architecture Platform during the Sardinia Symposium 2017 and 2015.
Since 2009 Arcoplan has been working alongside Eurowaste srl for the production and organization of International Symposia, registering the attendance of over 800 delegates from throughout the world: the Sardinia Waste Management and Landfill Symposia, the Venice Symposia on Energy from Biomass and Waste and SUM / Symposia on Urban Mining.