architecture in genoa FALL 2018

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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.

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Residential building on Via Gaspari by Giovanni Michelucci (1948-1950)
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INA-Bernabo' Brea housing quarter by Luigi Carlo Daneri, Luciano Grossi Bianchi, Giulio Zappa (1950-1953)
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INA-Forte Quezzi quarter ('Il Biscione' or Big Snake) by Luigi Carlo Daneri, Eugenio Fuselli (1956-1968)
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In the RPBW model archive, Jason Chandler and Giovanna Giusto on right.

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.

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Students in the RPBW model archive.
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In the apartment designed by Franco Albini.

12 November: Architect Gianlucca Peluffo speaks to the students, with Jason Chandler present from Miami.

 

FIRM WEBSITE: Peluffo&Partners

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In the apartment designed by Franco Albini.

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.

 

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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.

 

SEE THE DRAWINGS

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31 October: Architectural photographer Anna Positano presented a brief history of major architectural photographers and then explained her own work and approaches, dealing with the everyday acts and 'stuff' of life and spaces, and the impact on her work from growing up in Genoa. This was followed by an interesting dialogue with the students about the changing role of the image in the 21st century and its effect on how we perceive spaces.

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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'.

FIU student Paula Castel speaking with two Erasmus students studying in Genoa.

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Above the town of Vernazza.

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.

 

SEE MORE FALL ACTIVITIES

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Students in Corniglia, the 'middle' town of the Cinque Terre
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By the port in Vernazza, the second town from the west.

modern/rationalist architecture tour with wolfsoniana curator gianni franzone

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In front of the Grattacielo by Piacentini in Piazza Dante.
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Gianni Franzone explaining the 'Casa del Pescatore', social housing for fishermen built in 1936, with spaces below the units for storage of boats.

 

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Some of the sites visited: Piazza Rossetti, Casa del Mutilato, Piazza della Vittoria, Piazza Dante (clockwise from upper left)

studio project presentation

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The FIU Design 8 architecture students with Prof. Silvana Herrera after the online review with the studio of Claudia Busch in Miami.
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Paula Castel and Alexa Molko explaining the analysis of the individual network areas accomplished by each team.
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Map of port area, with site for intervention on the southern edge of the 'molo' to provide urban development in the deindustrialized area and continuous public space from the cruise terminals along the Expo around the molo and extending to the Fiera where international trade shows are held.
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Composite map of analysis of port, including layers for figure-ground, spatial networks, urban transformation, experience (in the manner of Kevin Lynch) and social groups and settings.

 

SEE PRESENTATION BOARDS

edge conditions

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city-port edge
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marina-aquarium edge
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old-new edge
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water-public space edge

five schematic approaches to building the edge

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Sequence of rooms with promenade - Ernesto Medina and Adriana Garcia
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spatial intersection of frame and roof system - Ana Duque and Alejandra Becerra
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Internal and external 'gallerie' - Alexa Molko and Paula Castel
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Field of walls - Daniela Perez and Richard Salinas
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Volumes in a frame behind a screen - Sophia Cabral and Nicholas Paladines
 
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At the 'fiera del mare' at the end of the Molo, with Unige Prof. Adriana Ghersi (center, in pink), during a tour of the port to understand the city and in preparation for the studio project.
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Walking along the 'Mura della Malapaga', the old city wall that contained the medieval quarter against the sea edge.

venice / veneto / verona architecture tour

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Studying the facade of Scarpa's Banca Popolare in Verona, after a tour of the interior.
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At the Brion Cemetery
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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.

In Venice the students will be studying the works of Palladio, Scarpa and Cino Zucchi, as well as visiting the Biennale. And of course understanding the remarkable and problematic life of Venice as well as its urban structure is an essential and enjoyable experience.

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Students studying entrance sequence in Scarpa's Querini Stampalia Foundation.
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Silvana Herrera with the students in Scarpa's Olivetti Showroom.

in genoa....

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Wednesday 12 Sept: Students drawing in the Museo di Sant'Agostino by Franco Albini
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Matthew Rice discussing the suspended ceiling with fragments of WWII damaged frescoes
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The group with Genoa and its ports in the background to the left, and Forte Fratello Minore (Little Brother') on the right.

Sunday 9 Sept: The architecture students hike the hills of the Parco Urbano delle Mura e dei Fortito see the walls and forts that once protected Genoa, giving a good understanding of Genoa's relationship to the sea and the landscape of its interior, as well as the industrial development of the valleys. It was also a great day to be out of the city on a trail under a beautiful sky....

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On the trail, with Forte Diamante in background.

 

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Above, students drawing in Piazza de Ferrari; below, drawing of Piazza Dante by Daniela Perez bottom left, axonometric of chapel in Church of SS. Ambrogio and Andrea (Gesu') by Alexa Molka bottom right.

The architecture students study urban spatial networks and interior spatial relationships through drawing. Top photos: left: Silvana Herrera with Alejandra, Ana and Ernesto; center: Richard and Nicholas; right: Adriana.

modern / contemporary architecture tour

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Afternoon at the spa in Vals by Peter Zumthor

The Fall 2018 Architecture in Genoa group is on the road 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.

Friday 31: August: Vals and baths project by Peter Zumthor.

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At Notre-Dame du Haut at Ronchamp, by Le Corbusier.

Wednesday 29 August: Morning at Ronchamp, afternoon at the Vitra Design Museum.

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Nicholas drawing.
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Sophia inside.
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Students discussing their drawings with Silvana Herrera.

Tuesday 28 August: The FIU architecture students go to Lausanne, Switzerland to see the Rolex Learning Center (SANAA), which is the heart of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

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Convent of La Tourette
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Dinner in the refectory.

Monday 27 August: the students spend Monday afternoon and the night at the convent of La Tourette by Le Corbusier.

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The group in front of Euronews building by Jakob + MacFarlane.

Sunday 26 August: Lyon, France and the Confluence urban requalification area.

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TGV station Lyon Saint- Exupéry by Santiago Calatrava, Lyon, France.
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... and the students draw to analyze and understand what they study. Lyon, France.