spring semester 2018 Architecture students and students of the 8-week Interior Architecture program on the terrace of Palazzo Reale, Via Balbi, Genoa
The FIU landscape architecture students are working on an urban/landscape/architecture project in Genoa's port in a University of Genoa coastal design studio that includes Italian architecture students as well as Erasmus students from Belgium, France, Argentina, Germany and Peru. The course is taught in English by Unige adjunct professor Matthew Rice, and is intended to become a platform for further interaction for visiting FIU architecture faculty. Rice is organizing a visit for a group of these students to Miami to study FIU's research in design responses to climate change and extreme events.
on February 28 an exhibition of works by FIU students was inaugurated in the Museum of Sant'Agostino with the generous support of Il Municipio I Genova Centro Est, Ufficio Manifestazioni.
Included were projects by fall 2015, 2016 and 2017 architecture students, works from the Association of American University and College Programs in Italy show "Back from Italy" in the Italian Embassy in Washington DC in spring 2017 with the work and reflection from one architecture student from each of the years 2006-2016, and watercolors executed in Italy by students of FIU art professor David Chang.
Special thanks to Maria Elisa Marini for her help in organizing the exhibition.
A series of presentations to the FIU students by University of Genoa professors and local practicing architects.
Presentations and office visits with Genoese and Italian practicing architects
Giuseppe Semprini of Renzo Piano Building Workshop described the design process of the office and the current projects at the RPBW Foundation.
Architect Margherita del Grosso of ENTER studio explained her practice, her experience as an architect in Ben van Berkel's UN Studio, her teaching work and large scale urban constructions with the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and her current project for Euroflora.
Alessandro Pizzolato of Renzo Piano Building Workshop came to our center and spoke on the office's approach to the design process and the role of visualization of the emerging idea of the design using digital technology.
Paolo Brescia, principal of Open Building Research (OBR) in Milan along with partner Tommaso Principi, explained the working method of his office and the scale of their international practice.