A.R.S. PROGETTI’S PERCEPTION

 

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a publication issued to celebrate 20 years in consulting business

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a.r.s progetti s perception a publication issued to celebrate 20 years in consulting business

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a.r.s progetti s perception a publication issued to celebrate 20 years in consulting business

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ars progetti s.p.a is a consulting firm working all over the world within the framework of international development and cooperation providing surveys studies planning design and technical assistance mainly to public committers and for public interests in fields related with public governance and human development culture and cultural heritage social and physical infrastructure its mission is of a purely professional nature consisting in providing appropriate solutions to complex problems affecting extended social groups regions countries groups of countries and pursuing the interest of final project beneficiaries edited by ars progetti spa november 2012 all rights reserved isbn 9788890819902 on the cover the around the world game il giuoco del giro del mondo each arrival is a comeback the old game piled up images of distant and mysterious lands and more or less fortunate adventures in a time not so long ago when travelling was the privilege of a few but in the end each trip always brings home or nowhere.

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contents 1 part i ars progetti who are they from the italian constitution art 3 all citizens have equal social dignity and are equal under the law without distinction of sex race language religion political opinion personal and social conditions art 9 the republic promotes the development of culture and scientific and technical research it protects the landscape and artistic and historical heritage of the nation part ii stories and projects in the 1700 classify means to discover the intrinsic plan of nature but the method once discovered can not be denied and so it happened sometimes that the classifications generated the shells part iii vision and the way forward nought s had all s spent where our desire is got without content tis safer to be that which we destroy than by destruction dwell in doubtfull joy shakespeare-macbeth

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1 ars progetti who are they 3 introduction scientific knowledge and consulting the african mask on the cover of our brochure historical brief ars progetti team an article by the ceo published in 1992 year of the company foundation

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4 ars progetti offices around the world ars progetti spa headquarters in italy via girolamo dandini 16 rome ars progetti spa offices in belgium 73 rue potagére bruxelles ars progetti spa offices in guatemala 13 calle 2-60 ed topacio azul ciudad de guatemala ars progetti spa offices in iraqi kurdistan 100 meter street italian city compound erbil 20 years in international consulting and design business

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introduction ars progetti is 20 years old in november 2012 this publication is issued to celebrate this birthday during last 20 years the world has considerably changed from the collapse of the berlin wall to surge and fall of hopes in the globalisation and in the market forces to the present need for new ways to regulate those global forces which affect the destiny of all and each single country well beyond the capacity of any country irrespective of its size and strength to bring them under control as a consulting firm engaged in the international arena and in the area of development with the idea in mind to provide a contribution to a better world we have found ourselves faced with a constant challenge to change our approaches adjust our organisation update and upgrade our tools evolve towards new ways of doing business re-tune our objectives discover new markets this continuous challenge is perhaps the most significant descriptor of our activity and of the destiny we have chosen for ourselves we have experienced many frustrations but have never lost love for our profession and hopes in a better world we have been gratified by many successfully accomplished projects but have remained always conscious of the precariousness of these successes we never thought of being on the safe side in our activity and in our market and we have always remained conscious that our ship could sink however our ship did not sink it bravely resisted all the storms it encountered and it continues to navigate flying the flag of professional ethics this publication has a double purpose on one hand to summarize our story and the ideas which have guided us and on the other hand to reflect in general on the joys and sorrows of the work as a consulting and design firm 5

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6 past working tools above the planimeter served to measure areas of irregular shapes on a map or drawing in a given scale which is now obtained automatically by cad or gis software on the right picture to explain the principle of a linear planimeter on the left the writing pantograph served to write letters and words in a regular manner on a drawing which was a time consuming task now replaced by autocad the slide rule was an indispensable tool for engineers but its use required one maintains in his mind a constant sense of the order of magnitude and of approximation of measures which is not the case with computers 20 years in international consulting and design business

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scientific knowledge and consulting a consulting firm like ours is an organisation which utilises scientific knowledge and professional experience to solve real and complex problems dealing with complexity generally involves the utilisation of different disciplines which in various manners contribute to provide an answer to a real concrete problem affecting human beings an institution a government a community a region country number of countries the combination and integration of different areas of theoretical and practical knowledge require a very specific kind of expertise similar to the expertise of an orchestral director who must possess an anticipated conception of the performance he intends to produce by instructing and testing the players of the various instruments he is unable to play but possessing a language common to all instruments which is the language of music scientific knowledge theoretical and practical is the raw material of consultancy apparently there is an enormous amount of available knowledge to refer to who knows how many disciplines are taught in the universities of the world and how many fields of theoretical and practical knowledge are not yet taught in the universities although they are most relevant to effective problem solving at the level of complex entities as a consulting firm everyday faced with complex problems in many different cultural contexts all over the world we are supposed to know which disciplines and sources of knowledge could contribute to any of our assignments however our starting point in any new assignment is to question the relevance cultural soundness usefulness and applicability to the specific context of the available scientific knowledge interpretation models and theoretical tools our wisdom of consultants is first of all listen and look for what is new and not for what is familiar going around the world to look for confirmation of own knowledge is detrimental in this kind of work in general terms it is detrimental to think that there is one privileged point of observation of reality that there is one main source of knowledge and experience which is good for everybody to be humble is a must in our job 7

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8 in several areas of africa when entering the territory of another tribe one is required to bear a special passport mask this has a profound meaning to neutralise one s origins and individuality as a sign of respect to those whose territory is being entered in this there is an ancient wisdom the sublimation of humanity s neutral essence to quote aeschylus s agamemnon provided they respect the temples and the gods of the vanquished then shall the victors be saved 20 years in international consulting and design business

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the african mask on the cover of our brochure the back cover of our brochure shows an african mask and an explanation as an inspiring lesson for our work in several areas of africa when entering the territory of another tribe one is required to bear a special passport mask this has a profound meaning to neutralise one s origins and individuality as a sign of respect to those whose territory is being entered in this there is an ancient wisdom the sublimation of humanity s neutral essence to quote aeschylus s agamemnon provided they respect the temples and the gods of the vanquished then shall the victors be saved two pearls of human wisdom are mentioned here two pieces of the universal cultural heritage separated in space and time the first pearl is this ritual of the passport mask which we have related with the sublimation of humanity s neutral essence the neutral essence is beauty and wholeness which every variation and diversity refers to every transformation and contrast it is not a principle a necessity a law or a divine order it cannot be described but is the possibility of all descriptions or order law or substance variation or diversity it is the possibility of all living species and of everything is known it is the possibility of every culture and habit and affection and it is what finally remains after every war this links us to second pearl where aeschylus says in the agamemnon provided they respect the temples and the gods of the vanquished then shall the victors be saved the many fields of knowledge the many mirrors of awareness and the many ways of constructing a judgement are always based on specific series of experiences and possess a particular determination but we all form part of a larger totality and larger than the sum total of all persons for this reason traversing the confines always requires a reading key the abandonment of a system of values and axioms which we perhaps wished to provide with the dignity of truth an unlikely truth self-evident to everyone this lead us to mention a third pearl which is the world famous meditation by john donne english poet of the xviii century cited by ernest hemingway at the beginning of his novel for whom the bell toll 9

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10 no man is an island intire of it selfe every man is a peece of the continent a part of the maine if a clod bee washed away by the sea europe is the lesse as well as if a promontorie were as well as if a mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were any mans death diminishes me because i am involved in mankinde and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls it tolls for thee chaudronnier blacksmith from the encyclopédie ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences des arts et des métiers which was in the xviii century the first attempt to create an universal compendium of available knowledge with an introduction discours préliminaire which explained the aim of the work to change the way of thinking 20 years in international consulting and design business

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historical brief ars progetti was established as a consulting firm in 1992 but its roots date back to the beginning of the seventies when a group of professional consultants focused their attention on people s cultural specificity as an asset for development this story actually started in 1973 when the founder of ars progetti daniele fanciullacci after three years in africa as a civil engineer with large building contractors joined the overseas section of a major italian engineering firm specialising in infrastructure technital s.p.a the head of this section at that time was giuliano cannata another engineer with experience in developing countries with whom daniele shared a common interest towards new approaches to development problems in such countries the two developed in a couple of years various projects in africa worth mentioning here for its innovative approach the development plan for the juba river valley in somalia 1973-74 which based its recommendations on the cul1973-1974 technital spa offices in rome via tural specificity of the involved barberini building designed by m piacentini populations as well as on a long term vision of integrated development and proposed a people-centred development path in 1974 the two along with a restricted group of professionals who had been working in these projects were allowed by the shareholders of technital s.p.a to start a separate engineering firm within the same group 11

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