On 28 November Prof. Alfredo Andia and students visited the architecture office MaDG Studio of architect Margherita del Grosso. She explained the office work method, current projects including interior architecture work and urban design competitions, and the teaching work and large scale temporary constructructions in public spaces she builds with students as studio director of “ALICE – Atelier de la conception de l’espace, EPFL “Ecole Politecnique de Lausanne.
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. While “computing” power is doubling every year, “synthetic biology” is the fastest growing technology in human history, 6 to 14 times per year.
Dr. Andía is 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 to see the Architecture in Genoa program in action and for meetings to understand the level of current collaboration and potential for future development.
A series of presentations to the FIU students by University of Genoa professors and local practicing architects.