Unige-FIU workshop 'Mind's Eye: Strategy & Image' was held on November 29-30, 2018. The theme was 'representation' of project 'image' and 'strategy' as an integral part of the design process, and involved both Unige-DAD professor Carmen Andriani's Coastal Design Lab, with Italian and Erasmus students from South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, and the FIU studio with Eric Peterson.
The analytic/schematic/digital representational work by the FIU architecture students to extract design strategies was based on buildings studied during academic travel for the Architecture of the XXth Century course lead by Silvana Herrera.
20 November: Students assemble their photographic collections of urban and architectural 'elements and conditions' of Genoa, gathered on cellphones as they wander and learn the city. General themes to encourage the architectural eye are: corner, path, edge, layer, threshold. meeting the sky, enframing, urban object.......
15-16 November: FIU architecture students are in Milan with Jason Chandler and Eric Peterson. They visit numerous architectural sites including Aldo Rossi's Gallaratese quarter, the Bocconi building by Grafton Architects, the Prada Foundation by Rem Koolhaas, and the major urban spaces of Milan.
A highlight was the visit to the offices of OBR and meeting architect and principal Paolo Brescia, a valued collaborator with our program in Genoa.
13 November: FIU architecture students and Jason Chandler tour postwar housing projects in Genoa, part of the reconstruction process of the city as an effort by the Italian state to provide affordable housing to workers to boost the economy.
13 November: FIU chair Jason Chandler and architecture students visit Renzo Piano Building Workshop for presentation of current projects by Alessandro Pizzolato, and explanation of the office, archive and cultural/educational work by Giovanna Giusto.
6 November: Continuing the study of modern Italian architect Franco Albini in Genoa, the students visited the Renaissance palaces Rosso and Bianco in Via Garibaldi to see his postwar restoration work and museum fittings, as well as the apartment of Caterina Marcenaro, the city official responsible for Albini's Genoa commissions. Also visited was the city offices building terraced up the hill behind Palazzo Tursi.
2 November: Details of student drawings for the Architecture of the City course, exploring aspects of a specific work of architecture in Genoa chosen by each student, at various scales and through different conventions.
25 October: FIU architecture students visit Unige Prof. Carmen Andriani's studio to meet the Italian and Erasmus students and see a presentation of their studio project on the Val Polcevera and the collapsed Morandi bridge. The FIU students presented their work for a public building/cruise terminal on the Molo in the port of Genoa. On 29 & 30 November the two studios will have a collaborative workshop on architectural representation of design strategy and project 'image'.
24 October: FIU architecture students hike the Cinque Terre, a splendid sequence of five towns on the Ligurian coast, connected (for the most part) by beautiful hiking trails through olive groves and vineyards, with views of the sea.
23 October: Wolfsoniana curator Gianni Franzone conducts a tour of Italian Rationalism in Genoa, here at the Casa del Mutilato (Home for Disabled Veterans) by Eugenio Fuselli.
4 October: The Design 8 Architecture students participated in a reciprocal online review of their port analysis and schematic design approaches with Claudia Busch's Design 10 studio with a cruise ship terminal project in the Miami port.
25 September: The Architecture students tour the port with Unige Prof. Adriana Ghersi, here at the Darsena near the 'Galata Museo del Mare', to understand the city and in preparation for their studio project.
17 - 21 September: The Architecture students are in Venice for the first stage of their tour of Northeast Italy, first in Venice, then a tour of the Veneto with a stop in Vicenza, and ending with a day in Verona.
The Fall 2018 Architecture in Genoa group was on the road August 26 - September 1 to study cutting-edge contemporary architecture and classic modern works, as well as major examples of large scale urban transformation, in France Switzerland and Germany, under the direction of Prof. Silvana Herrera.
FIU Architecture student Camila Lohezic begins her six-month internship at the Paris office of Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
In 2016 an EU Erasmus Plus KA 107 Mobility Grant was awarded to Unige Department of Architecture + Design (DAD) to fund reciprocal student exchange (one semester) and faculty exchange (one month) with Florida International University for the 2016-2018 academic years.
JULY 24 2018: ERASMUS PLUS EXCHANGE FUNDING RENEWED FOR TWO MORE YEARS, 2018-2020, FOR STUDENTS AND FACULTY OF UNIGE ARCHITECTURE & NAUTICAL DESIGN AND FIU ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE.
FIU's Dr. Atorod Azizinamini, Professor and Chair of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, was in Genoa on Monday 17 September to meet Dean Aristide Massardo and members of the Unige Scuola Politecnica and its Department of Civil Engineering.
FIU Business School's Marketing Mediterranean Cruise (June 27 - July 7) under the direction of Elisabeth Beristain and Tim Birrittella made a stop in Genoa to meet with the Genoa Port Authority, see the workings of the port by boat, and then have a tour of the city, while discussing the role of cities to market themselves for business and tourism in a way that benefits development without damaging local culture and context.
FIU Art Department chair Prof. David Chang brought his 'Italy through Art - Summer 2018' program through Genoa for the first time.
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 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.
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.
spring semester 2018 Architecture students and students of the 8-week Interior Architecture program on the terrace of Palazzo Reale, Via Balbi, Genoa
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.
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.
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
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.