Chair, Department of Architecture, GSD, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA
Centauro Srl was founded in Bologna in 1998 as an evolution of the publishing house Centauro Edizioni Snc, which was established in 1988 and specialized in scientific publications (monographs, books and journals primarily in English) mainly in the field of Neuro-radiology and Radiology.
In 1988, 1995 and 2002 were founded respectively the Neuro-radiology Journal, the Interventional Neuro-radiology Journal and the Italian Journal of Oxygen-ozone Therapy. In 2006 the Neuro-radiology Journal and the Italian Journal of Oxygen-ozone Therapy became respectively the International Journal of Neuro-radiology and the International Journal of Ozone Therapy (in digital edition since 2011). The Scientific Director of the publications in the medical area is Prof. Marco Leonardi (Department of Neuroradiology, IRCCS Institute of Neurological Sciences, Bellaria Hospital in Bologna, Italy).
In January 2015 the publishing interests of Centauro Srl in the medical field were sold to the Anglo-American publishing house SAGE Publications.
In 2000, Centauro Srl expanded its range by focusing on international contemporary architecture and design. One year later, Mr. Nicola Leonardi dall'Occa dall’Orso (graduated as engineer) and his wife Carlotta Zucchini founded the magazine THE PLAN - Architecture & Technologies in Detail, which has become over the years one of the most respected journals both in Italy and worldwide. Today, THE PLAN - Architecture & Technologies in Detail is published 8 times a year (6 monthly issues and 2 bi-monthly special issues) with subscribers in 70 countries, and is distributed in bookstores, newsstands, airports, train stations and business centers in over 60 countries. THE PLAN has an international circulation of more than 30,000 copies per issue.
THE PLAN website is now one of the most visited sites worldwide, thanks to its extended archive, original content and the digital format of the mag, also available for PC and Tablet (iOS, Android, Kobo). THE PLAN website has more than 50,000 unique visitors per month. The social page of THE PLAN on Facebook has over 420,000 followers worldwide. In 2003 was founded THE PLAN EDITIONS, which deals with the publication of books and monographs about architecture and design. In 2008 was established a new annual publication called THE PLAN - URBAN DEVELOPMENT. Its first edition (UD01) was a special issue of the magazine THE PLAN dedicated to the analysis of large-scale urban development projects underway in the international field and large real estate companies involved.
In the same year was signed an agreement with Thames & Hudson publishing house for the publication and international distribution of a series of thematic architectural volumes. The Italian edition was also distributed in Italy thanks to an agreement with ScriptaManeant, Italian publishing house specialized in art and architecture books. In 2010 was created the event Perspective, an international architecture forum and high-quality platform for professionals to develop and consolidate business networks. Perspective occurs on a yearly basis and has become an important and unique opportunity for both architects and companies involved in the construction chain. The event is held in Europe and in the US: Perspective Europe in Venice (except for the 2015 edition, which took place in Milan); while Perspective America in New York.
In 2014 Centauro Srl was chosen by the Order of Architects of Rome and Province to realize the relaunch of the editorial content and graphics of the periodical AR - Architects Rome. Centauro Srl realized the issues n. 111, 112, 113 and is already in charge for the next three issues to be published in 2016.
The publisher of THE PLAN, Mr. Nicola Leonardi, is often invited (both in Italy and abroad) as lecturers to universities, conferences, congresses and architecture fairs. He has been involved in a number of awards juries and international events, including the Gold Medal for Italian architecture of the Milan Triennial, the Energy Performance + Architecture Award, the Leading European Architects Forum Award, the World Architecture Festival Award. He is also one of the experts appointed by the Pritzker Foundation to choose the nominees for the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize.
The magazine THE PLAN has been media partner of a number of architectural events. Centauro Srl has also published books, art catalogs and books of poetry.