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.
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.
12 November: Architect Gianlucca Peluffo speaks to the students, with Jason Chandler present from Miami.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday 9 Sept: The architecture students hike the hills of theto 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....
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.
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.
Wednesday 29 August: Morning at Ronchamp, afternoon at the Vitra Design Museum.
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).
Monday 27 August: the students spend Monday afternoon and the night at the convent of La Tourette by Le Corbusier.
Sunday 26 August: Lyon, France and the Confluence urban requalification area.