Fiu architecture fall 2014 activities

final studio review

Adam Drisin discussing proposal of Stephano Butto and Victoria Rein

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Paolo Brescia of OBR architects critiquing the work of Veronica Pereda and Raphael Santos, Adam Drisin and Matthew Rice looking on

renzo piano building workshop

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RPBW architect John Hallock presenting current projects to the students in the RPBW Foundation

In the RPBW model archive (Photo credits: author: Fondazione Renzo Piano; copyright: ©Fondazione Renzo Piano)

fiu-unige workshop

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October 30: the FIU and UniGe students after the review of the urban design phase: l-r UniGe teaching assistant Maria Elisa Marini, Elisa Cagelli and UniGe prof. Christiano Lepratti; r-l Matthew Rice and Riccardo Miselli
FIU Prof. Elysse Newman (sitting, left) with Elisa Cagelli and FIU and UniGe students

FIU and Unige students working with Elisa Cagelli in the convent of S. Maria di Castello, with view of the port, sea and mountains (J. Canto)
Riccardo Miselli and Elisa Cagelli addressing students

On October 23 we began our workshop with the participation of UniGe architecture professor Christiano Lepratti and his fourth year architecture students. Twelve groups composed of 2 FIU students and 4-5 UniGe students worked together for the day to brainstorm urban design approaches for the requalification of the waterfront area between the Porto Antico and the Fiera.

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Riccardo Miselli working with students

On November 4 we continued our workshop with the participation of UniGe Politecnico professor Eleonora Burlando and her architecture students. In this phase the students identified a crucial portion of the urban design developed in the previous phase to develop at a more architectural scale of 1:500.

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FIU architecture students with UniGe Politecnico students of Prof. Eleonora Burlando; (l-r) Matthew Rice, Eleonora Burlando, (r) Riccardo Miselli


contemporary and modern european architecture & urban transformations (september 18-25)

At the factory building by SANAA, on the Vitra campus in Basel (J. Canto)

Taking advantage of our program's position in the north of Italy and with a desire to complement the lessons of Genoa and Italy with modern and contemporary works of architecture and projects of urban transformation in neighboring countries, we took a road trip to:

- Lyon, France to study the urban transformations of the Lyon Confluence area, and to spend an afternoon and a night in the monastery of La Tourette by Le Corbusier;

- the chapel at Ronchamp by Le Corbusier;

- Basel, Switzerland to visit the Vitra Design Musem and see various new projects by Herzog & de Meuron;

- Como, Italy to see the works of Giuseppe Terragni, particularly the Casa del Fascio;

- Milan, Italy, to examine the areas of urban transformation at Porta Nuova and Portello, and the urban insertions of the Bocconi building by Grafton Architects and the Il Sole 24 Ore building by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. We also visited the architectural offices of OBR (Open Building Research) where architect Elisa Siffredi presented their most recent projects in India.


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Amandine Fournier explains the urban transformations of the Lyon Confluence area

In Lyon we visited the Maison de la Confluence information center to learn about the urban transformations of the area from Amandine Fournier, person responsible for public relations. We also explored the area and studied the particular interventions that have played a strategic role as urban catalysts, such as MVRDV's Monolithe and Jakob + MacFarlane's Orange Cube.

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Students drawing the Orange Cube
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Place Nautique in the Lyon Confluence area, with MVRDV's Monolithe in the center (J. Canto)

la tourette / ronchamp

We spent an afternoon exploring and drawing the monastery of La Tourette by Le Corbusier, then had dinner in the refectory and spent the night in the cells. the next morning, on to Ronchamp to experience the chapel of Notre Dame du Haut.

Chapel off church in monastery of La Tourette (J. Canto)
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Monastery of La Tourette (L. Marenco)
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Monastery of La Tourette (C. Rivera)
Approaching the Chapel of Notre Dame du Haut, Ronchamp by Le Corbusier
Drawing in the interior (C. Bonet)
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Sections of church at Ronchamp (E. Nunes Koo)


Touring the Vitra campus with our guide, a practicing architect in Basel

On the Vitra campus we saw the projects of Herzog & de Meuron, SANAA, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, and Frank Gehry.

In Basel we focused on the newer projects by Herzog & de Meuron, including the Messe Basel New Hall, Schaulager, and the Museum der Kulturen extension.

Then of course there are the classic works such as the Signal Box near the train station.

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Under the oculus of the Messe Exhibition Hall by Herzog & de Meuron (J. Canto)
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At the Signal Box by Herzog & de Meuron (E. Cagelli)
Schaulager by Herzog & de Meuron


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Students in front of Terragni's Casa del Fascio
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Drawing in the atrium (C. Bonet)


Inside Grafton architect's Bocconi building (J. Canto)
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Section of Bocconi building (E. Nunes Koo)
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Bocconi building (R. Santos)

In Milan we visited several areas of urban transformation such as Porta Nuova and Portello, the Bocconi building by Grafton Architects, and the studio of OBR (Open Building Research). Architect Elisa Siffredi presented the studio's current projects in India as well as their proposal for the redesign of the waterfront in Genoa from the port to the Fiera, which is the same site and design challenge to be used in this semester's design studio.

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Discussing the urban redesign of the Porta Nuova area at the Catella Foundation (J. Canto)
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OBR architect Elisa Siffredi (far right) explaining the Genoa waterfront project (G. Guadarrama)

rome & florence (october 11-18)

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Studying Villa Giulia, Rome (G. Guadarrama)
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The students spent four days in Rome with CARTA Associate Dean Adam Drisin and Architecture department chair Jason Chandler, then continued on to Florence for three days.

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Villa Giulia, Rome (Aileen Zeigen)
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Spatial study of Piazza and Church of S. Ignazio (Eileen Nunes Koo)

venice (october 31 - november 3)

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Riccardo Miselli speaking with the students at the 2014 Architecture Biennale
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Biennale/Korea pavilion (Maria Victoria Franco)
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Drawing in the Fondazione Querini Stampalia by Carlo Scarpa

Fall 2014 architecture students on the roof of the Lingotto Fiat factory, Turin