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unige & erasmus students visit miami - may 2018

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University of Genoa and Erasmus architecture students at the FIU Wall of Wind testing facility. l-r:Matthew Rice (FIU-Genoa), Klement Faust (Erasmus-France), Robin Winter (Erasmus-Germany), Nicholas Ronchetti (Erasmus-Belgium), Beatrice Pastorino (Unige), Giorgia Vecchi (Unige), Caterina Ippolito (Unige)

Architecture students from University of Genoa Unige) and Erasmus students from Belgium, France and Germany came to FIU and Miami to learn about research and design responses to extreme events and climate change. Visits were made to the Sea Level Solutions Center at MBUS, the Extreme Events Institute and its Wall of Wind testing facility, the FIU School of Architecture and numerous buildings and design offices in Miami.

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2005: First group of Unige students to visit FIU & Miami, courtyard of Albion Hotel, Lincoln Road
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2018: Unige & Erasmus students in courtyard of Albion Hotel, Lincoln Road

vice provost for global affairs meredith newman

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Meredith Newman receives students in her office
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Vice Provost for Global Affairs Meredith Newman received the students in her office for a chat and a cup of espresso. She explained FIU's commitment to developing an exceptional international program through its special relationship with Unige.

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Jason Chandler with students at the solar decathlon house (2011), school of architecture in background

Architecture Department Chair Jason Chandler gave the students a tour of the school of architecture facilities, presented the student works on display in the gallery, and explained his own professional work, with an emphasis on the particular urban and building code challenges, including climate and extreme weather, of practice in Miami.

Miami Beach Urban Studios, sea level solutions center and Lincoln Road

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Sea Level Solutions Center director Tiffany Troxler with students
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The students visited the Miami Beach Urban Studios where Tiffany Troxler, Director of the Sea Level Solutions Center, made a presentation on urban resilience as a response to climate change and sea level rise.

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John Stuart explaining new approaches to learning and making with 3D printed projects.

John Stuart, Associate Dean for Cultural and Community Engagement, Executive Director of Miami Beach Urban Studios, discussed the many community roles and multidisciplinary activities of MBUS, and its commitment to new ways of learning and approaches to technology.The students also explored Lincoln Road and Herzog & de Meuron's 1111 Lincoln Road parking structure.

fiu extreme events research center and 'wall of wind' testing facility

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Walter Conklin (l) explaining wind tunnel, Carolyn Robertson (r)
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The students visited the FIU Wall of Wind research facility, capable of generating a Force 5 wind, and Laboratory Manager Walter Conklin explained its design and operation. Carolyn Robertson, Associate Director of Research Administration at the Extreme Events Research Center, discussed the types of research undertaken by the center, an FIU Preeminent Program, which encompasses the International Hurricane Research Center and the Disaster Resilience and Climate in the Americas program.

design office: touzet studio

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Architect and vice president Giselle Coujil (l) watching as architect explains 3d modeling/rendering approaches.
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Architect and principal Jacqueline Gonzalez

Visit to design office Touzet Studio, where Jacqueline Gonzalez and Giselle Coujil explained the office's approach to design, including the balance between responding to place specificity and client needs. They showed the many models and prototypes made to develop innovative skin and panel elements that filter light and reduce heat gain, and the special conditions of anchoring for high wind conditions.

design office: shulman & associates

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Architect and principal Allan Shulman explaining office design approach and projects.
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Rebecca Stanier-Shulman

Visit to design office Shulman & Associates, where Allan Shulman explained the urban approach the office takes to their architectural work on Miami Beach, building up the layers of the city as a response to its existing and changing fabric, and the special conditions of sea level rise and flooding.

experiencing miami

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At Wynwood Walls, an urban riqualification project whose catalyst was having artists paint the walls of derelict buildings to generate urban life.


architecture in genoa SPRING 2018

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Final review of spring 2018 architecture projects in Genoa with simultaneous participation of FIU faculty and guest critics in Miami; Elise Francis presenting.
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Mariana Gonzalez presenting her project in Genoa, with critics in Miami.
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Genoa dresses up for Euroflora 2018, the international flower and ornamental plant show held every five years in Genoa.
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spring semester 2018 Architecture students and students of the 8-week Interior Architecture program on the terrace of Palazzo Reale, Via Balbi, Genoa

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Website/blog for the spring 2018 architecture program in Genoa

unige international studio & fiu landscape architecture students

The FIU landscape architecture students are working on an urban/landscape/architecture project in Genoa's port in a University of Genoa coastal design studio that includes Italian architecture students as well as Erasmus students from Belgium, France, Argentina, Germany and Peru. The course is taught in English by Unige adjunct professor Matthew Rice, and is intended to become a platform for further interaction for visiting FIU architecture faculty. Rice is organizing a visit for a group of these students to Miami to study FIU's research in design responses to climate change and extreme events.

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Robin, Taylor, Nicolas, Emilia, Caterina (clockwise from left)
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Beatrice, Brenton, Andrew, Klement, Camila, Giorgia (clockwise from left)
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Lucie, Olivia, Denise, Elisa, Maricielo (clockwise from left)

american lecture series / spring 2018

A series of presentations to the FIU students by University of Genoa professors and local practicing architects.

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interactions with architectural practitioners / spring 2018

Presentations and office visits with Genoese and Italian practicing architects

12 april

Giuseppe Semprini of Renzo Piano Building Workshop described the design process of the office and the current projects at the RPBW Foundation.

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Semprini with the students in the RPBW model archives; Giovanna Giusto, responsible for communication and education, on left.

9 april

Architect Margherita del Grosso of ENTER studio explained her practice, her experience as an architect in Ben van Berkel's UN Studio, her teaching work and large scale urban constructions with the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and her current project for Euroflora.

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Margherita del Grosso with students in her studio

5 april

Alessandro Pizzolato of Renzo Piano Building Workshop came to our center and spoke on the office's approach to the design process and the role of visualization of the emerging idea of the design using digital technology.


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RPBW - rendering of courtyard design in Lisbon Portugal


Paolo Brescia, principal of Open Building Research (OBR) in Milan along with partner Tommaso Principi,  explained the working method of his office and the scale of their international practice.

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Paolo Brescia of OBR architects in his Milan office

fiu genoa news SPRING 2018

fiu delegation visit to genoa under direction of vice provost meredith newman

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Laura Boudon, Jason Chandler, Gitta Montoto, Meredith Newman, and Matthew Rice at FIU's academic facilities in the Convent of S. Maria di Castello

An FIU delegation lead by Vice Provost for Global Affairs Meredith Newman came to Genoa February 25-28 to explore new levels of collaboration and program development with the University of Genoa (Unige) and the city of Genoa.

The delegation included Birgitta Rausch-Montoto, Director of Faculty and Global Affairs; Prof. Bill Anderson, Vice Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education; Prof. Jason Chandler, Director Department of Architecture; Prof. Rebecca Friedman, Humanities, Co-Director Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence; Laura Boudon, Director Office of Study Abroad

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Christiano Lepratti, Andrea Trucco, Meredith Newman

The delegation met with Unige Prorettore for International Relations Andrea Trucco to discuss the many things accomplished between our institutions, including the Erasmus Plus grant to fund faculty and student exchange. Dr. Newman explained FIU's vision for deeper collaboration, and Prof. Trucco expressed Unige's support for developing exchange and research opportunities.

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Bill Anderson, Christiano Lepratti, Aristide Massardo, Renata Morbiducci, Michele Piana, Meredith Newman

Meredith Newman and Bill Anderson, FIU Vice Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education spoke with Prof. Michele Piana, Unige Prorettore for Research and Prof. Aristide Massardo, Dean of the Polytechnic School over lunch to sound out possibilities for funded collaborative research. Prof.ssa Renata Morbiducci, who has presented her research in Miami and collaborated with FIU Prof. Thomas Spiegelhalter, also participated to discuss her research.

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Rebecca Friedman, Gitta Montoto, Laura Boudon, Elisa Serafini, Mayor Marco Bucci, Meredith Newman, Matthew Rice, Anna Maria Saiano, Jason Chandler, Bill Anderson

The group had a meeting with Mayor Marco Bucci and Assessore Elisa Serafini to discuss a deeper relationship between FIU and the city of Genoa. Mayor Bucci explained his deep commitment to increasing the presence of US universities in Genoa as a way to revitalize and internationalize the city, and pledged his support for FIU's efforts. US State Department consular agent Anna Maria Saiano was instrumental in helping us to develop this rapport.

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Giulia Amborno, Gitta Montoto, Bill Anderson, Carmen Andriani, Meredith Newman, Matthew Rice, Christiano Lepratti, Laura Boudon, Jason Chandler

At the Unige Department of Architecture and Design (DAD) Newman's delegation discussed the ongoing collaboration between the departments of architecture and the Interior Design for Cruise Ships and Super Yachts program involving the FIU department of interior architecture and the Unige department of naval and nautical design.

Participating in the discussion were Carmen Andriani, director of the 5th year architecture program, and Christiano Lepratti, in charge of international relations for the department. Also present was Giulia Amborno, a Unige architecture student who studied at FIU in Miami for two semesters.

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Matthew Rice, Gitta Montoto, Eric Peterson, Meredith Newman, Jason Chandler, Shunji Ishida, Laura Boudon, Rebecca Friedman, Giuseppe Semprini, Giovanna Giusto

The delegation's visit to Renzo Piano Building Workshop not only gave us a chance to admire the breadth of work accomplished by the internationally-renowned Genoese architect Renzo Piano, but also to thank Giovanna Giusto in her role to help FIU land a six-month internship in the RPBW Paris office for FIU architecture student Camila Lohezic.

Also present were Shunji Ishida, one of the earliest members of Renzo Piano's office, and Giuseppe Semprini, one of the new generation of young architects working there.

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Meredith Newman and Gitta Montoto in the robotics lab

The visit to the national headquarters and laboratories of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa was guided by Giuseppe Giardina, research manager of the Technology Transfer department. He explained the institute's main research areas in robotics, new materials and nano-biotechnology, and the innovative organization of public and private funding.

FIU would be interested in exploring possibilities of research positions for doctoral and post-doctoral students.

exhibition of fiu student work in the museum of sant'agostino

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works displayed on the ramp by franco albini

on February 28 an exhibition of works by FIU students was inaugurated in the Museum of Sant'Agostino with the generous support of Il Municipio I Genova Centro Est, Ufficio Manifestazioni.

Included were projects by fall 2015, 2016 and 2017 architecture students, works from the Association of American University and College Programs in Italy show "Back from Italy" in the Italian Embassy in Washington DC in spring 2017 with the work and reflection from one architecture student from each of the years 2006-2016, and watercolors executed in Italy by students of FIU art professor David Chang.

Special thanks to Maria Elisa Marini for her help in organizing the exhibition.

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fiu and erasmus students discussing the projects
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watercolors executed in italy by students of fiu prof. david chang

erasmus plus

The European Union ERASMUS PLUS Program has awarded a grant to fund the exchange of FIU-CARTA and UNIGE-Architecture & Design students and faculty

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The Association of American College and University Programs in Italy (AACUPI) is mounting a show of student projects from architecture programs in Italy at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC opening May 19, 2017. The theme is "Back from Italy" to gauge the lasting value of the experience personally and professionally. FIU's Architecture in Genoa program presented the project and reflection from one student for each each year from 2006-2016. The slides below show the final board and and an excerpt of the reflection.

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25 April 2017: The New York Times has published an article on the particular beauty of Genoa, with excerpts from a conversation with Miami's Micky Wolfson: LINK

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FIU's program in Genoa offers a unique opportunity to live and learn in a fascinating and complex Italian city situated between sea and mountains, and without a significant US student population.

We cultivate interaction with the students and faculty of University of Genoa (UniGe), and seek to develop opportunities that will benefit both FIU and UniGe.

FIU has semester programs in architecture and allied design fields, as well as summer programs in the humanities, social sciences, and tourism/hospitality.

Most people think of Rome, think of Florence, think of Venice, but as far as I'm concerned they are amusement parks for tourists. Genoa has remained the real thing.

Xavier Salomon, former curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art


(link to page with Salomon's video, and others on Genoa)

news and links

carta / architecture news and events

arch 2016 blog
Website/blog for the spring 2018 architecture program in Genoa
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Activities of the fall 2016 architecture program in Genoa
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Architecture semester publications
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Feb 15-19: UniGe nautical design students in workshop with FIU Interior Architecture students

other activities, events, news.....

Summer 2017 Social Sciences students in Genoa with Prof. Douglas Kincaid
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Feb 1-5: UniGe architecture students in coastal design workshop with FIU students
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Summer 2016 Hospitality students in Genoa for three weeks with Prof. Patricia Sadar
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Expanded and renovated FACILITIES in the Convent of S. Maria di Castello

PROGRAMS & areas of study

architecture program
Semester programs in Genoa, travel, & workshops with UniGe students
nautical and interiors program
Reciprocal spring workshops in La Spezia, Italy and Miami, and faculty exchange
hospitality program
Summer programs in Genoa

humanities program
Summer programs in Genoa