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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.