U.M.A. – Environmental Monitoring Unit
Structure for monitoring the environment and raising environmental awareness.

ASSOCIATION: LEGAMBIENTE non-profit organization
DESIGN TEAM ARCò – società cooperativa
FREQUENCY OF MOVEMENTS: every 2-5 days for 5-month campaigns
FREQUENCY OF ACTIVITIES: Daily scientifi c activities, weekly popular science activity at the
end of the monitoring phase
LOCATION OF THE FIRST STAGE: Rome, Casilino neighbourhood of Villa de Santis Park

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The project grew out of close collaboration between Legambiente and ARCò to define a precise functional program, as a direct result of needs verified in the field.
The device is configured as a mobile laboratory capable of detecting, assessing and communicating the environmental condition of a given place.
The formal design choices are intended to embody the principles of environmental sustainability shared by Legambiente and ARCò. Comfort inside the device has been increased by ventilation and natural insulation. The drag coefficient has been improved and it has been made energy-independent.


Founded in 1980, Legambiente is the largest environmental association in Italy. It is notable for uniting a scientific approach and activism with raising awareness and encouraging participation by citizens in its initiatives and campaigns.


ARCò-società cooperativa
ARCò is a cooperative founded by a group of engineers and architects engaged in architectural, urban and landscape design. Their projects are based on research into social, economic and environmental sustainability.
This approach has led ARCò to engage with international cooperation to tackle projects dealing with humanitarian emergencies. Apart from applied research, for many years the members of ARCò have been engaged in educational activities in universities and private institutions in Italy and abroad.


LOCATION OF THE FIRST STAGE: Rome, Casilino neighbourhood of Villa de Santis Park
photograph: Andrea Avezzù, “Scintille, Roma, Casilino”, 2016