The project for the annual Unige-FIU collaborative workshop was the transformation of the Naval Museum of La Spezia and the surrounding portion of the navy base. The students toured the site on 6 October, lead by the museum curators who explained the special needs of the museum to accommodate the vast and varied collection and also to make the site more accessible to the public.
The project was coordinated by Unige Prof.ssa Carmen Andriani and tutors Beatrice Moretti and Davide Servente with the participation of the students of Prof.ssa Andriani's Coastal Design Studio. Also collaborating were FIU Profs. Alfredo Andia and Matthew Rice.
Dr. Andia's lecture on 8 November to the local architects of Genoa examined the next 30 years of human space. It considered how “computing-automation” and “synthetic biology” are quickly transforming all kinds of industries and paradigms. Both technologies are developing explosively. While “computing” power is doubling every year, “synthetic biology,” the technology that allows us to edit living organisms, is growing as the fastest growing technology in human history, 6 to 14 times per year.
The lecture argued with precision how in the next three decades architectural thinking and imagination will have to be radically transformed as it did at the beginning of the 20th century when it abandoned its beaux-arts roots.
Dr. Andía is an associate professor at Florida International University, Miami and is the visiting faculty member at the FIU Genoa Program for fall 2017.
Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives for CARTA, Prof. Marilys Nepomechie was in Genoa from Thursday 19 October to Wednesday 25 October to see the Architecture in Genoa program in action, get to know the city and region, and to conduct meetings to understand the level of current collaboration and to gauge potential for future development.
She then traveled with Prof. Alredo Andia and the students to Venice to see the Biennale and then on to Verona.
A series of presentations to the FIU students by University of Genoa professors and local practicing architects
Unige Prof.ssa Carmen Andriani of the Department of Architecture and Design was in Miami from 20 August - to 25 September, 2017. Here she speaks about concrete in design, based on her recently pubvlished book 'Future Concrete - An Evolving Matter' with the students of Prof. Shahin Vassigh in her structures class.
FIU Prof. Thomas Spiegelhalter, our first Erasmus Plus faculty exchange participant, was in Genoa July 1 - August 1, 2017. Here with Unige Politecnico students Feng Xu and Umberto Grosso after the presentation of their thesis in which Spiegelhalter was a thesis advisor, and Unige professors Renata Morbiducci and Christiano Lepratti.
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
March 6-10 2017: full professor Carmen Andriani, responsible for the 5th year program in the Department of Architecture and Design (DAD) of University of Genoa (Unige) was in Miami with FIU Genoa program manager Matthew Rice to discuss the collaborative interaction between the two schools of architecture. She also made a presentation to the faculty and students on her design work: Second prize in the Piranesi Prix de Rome 2016 XIV Edition, competition for via dei Fori Imperiali in Rome in collaboration with Guillermo Vasquez Consuegra, and her studio's design work: urban and architectural proposals for the soon to be decommissioned power plant in the port of Genoa, a project in which the fall 2016 FIU Architecture in Genoa students participated through a collaborative workshop.
In our effort to encourage greater interaction and reciprocal opportunity, we now have four students from the University of Genoa studying in Miami in different degree programs or conducting research activities.
With: FIU - Elisa Cagelli, Riccardo Miselli; UniGe - Valeria Iberto, Beatrice Moretti, Davide Servente
The annual urban design workshop engaging the FIU students and UNIGE architecture students of Prof. Carmen Andriani examined the decommisioned coal-fired power plant next to Genoa's iconic lighthouse and the surrounding area's movement from industrial and port activities to public use.
Mixed teams of Italian and US students proposed urban strategies to provide public space and access to the area as well as developing a particular aspect that informs the whole: a system of spaces, a portion of the power plant, an infrastructural element or an architectonic structure.
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.