This international workshop was organized by KAAU (Knowledge Alliance Advanced Urbanism),Unige Department of Architecture and Design and Urbact Local Group that promotes urban transformation to serve local needs, to generate innovative proposals for transforming the former military barracks Caserma Gavoglio in the Lagaccio valley, a steep and heavily built up area with little public space or services.
Approximately 100 students from Italy, Spain and Germany in teams of ten made innovative proposals using recycled and found materials. Wednesday July 5 was an all day conference and round table, including Thomas Speigelhalter. On Friday was the final presentation of proposals; Saturday July 8 the entire area was open to the public.
July 19: met with Renzo Piano Building Workshop's Giuseppe Semprini, responsible for the Genoa office's integration of BIM technology; discussed the transformation of the design process integrating environmental and building performance modeling technologies, and possibilities of collaborative publication
July 16: joint presentation on "Sea Level Rise Adaptation and the Future of Coastal Cities" with Research Case Studies by Unige Prof. Renata Morbuducci (l), FIU Prof. Thomas Spiegelhalter, and Ph.D./Master students Feng Xu and Umberto Grosso (r) in Noli during the GREEN SURF FESTIVAL, July 16, 2017
July 7: Spiegelhalter with prof/engineer Adriana Del Borghi, a representative for environmental sustainability for University of Genoa, elaborating a collaboration between FIU and the IEES (Intelligent Electrical Energy Systems) research group of Unige that have developed and are testing a real time control system of the resource and electric energy consumption of the entire university.
Unige Politecnico Ph.D/masters students Umberto Grosso and Feng Xu worked with Spiegelhalter on their parametric-algorithmic sustainability design research on adaptive sea level rise solutions at the FIU Miami Beach Urban Studio in Miami from October 2016 to March 2017
Umberto Grosso and Feng Xu at their final thesis presentation at University of Genoa Politecnico Department of Engineering, 21 July 2017
(l-r) Feng Xu, Umberto Grosso, and professors Thomas Spiegelhalter, Renata Morbiducci, Christiano Lepratti after the thesis presentation
Their thesis was awarded top honors, 30 con lode, and will be published by the Politecnico.
At the US state department July 4 celebration, with Ambassador Philip T. Reeker, US Consul General of Milan (l); Genoa's US consular agent Anna Maria Saiano and FIU Sociology Prof. Douglas Kincaid behind