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SUB|URBAN E|MERGING: MAPPING SPOKES
Group members: Amanda Cozens, Andres Lamos, Andrew Mattessich, Chris Leppert
Project Statement: THE RIDGE AND THE VALLEY ARE TWO SEPARATE ENTITIES. ONE REPRESENTING THE OLD + RESIDENTIAL + HISTORICAL AND THE OTHER REPRESENTING THE NEW + WORKING + INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT. THERE IS LITTLE TO NO EVIDENCE OF THESE TWO CONDITIONS BLENDING TOGETHER. THIS PROJECT PROPOSES NEW LAYERS FOR THE RIDGE, THE VALLEY, AND THE BLENDED AREA OF THE TWO WITH RESPECT TO THE HISTORICAL AESTHETIC, THE RESIDENTS, THE FARMERS, AND THE WORKING CLASS.
Proposal: Our final proposal was to look at the area between the ridge and the valley can become. The final proposal had to please both areas within its new proposed physical aspects and programmatic functions. Within the context of Porta Pispini we were able to define two sites that fit this typology of Ridge/Valley. The new design built upon existing conditions of both the residential neighborhood and the commercial workforce, proposed new physical layers, and developed new programmatic functions.
Final Presentation: The final presentation was displayed on three joining computer screens in a movie theater type setting. The images displayed on the three screens were carefully crafted to relate to one another and was in sync from start to finish.
See the final video, images, and storyboard below…
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The Analytique is a beaux-arts method of analyzing a space or building graphically by showing the relationship among site plan, plan, section, elevation and detail. For the Analytique of the Battistero I chose to draw the elevation (most dominant feature in the piazza) in the center, revealing the section of the Duomo above and the Baptistry below on the right, extending the Battistero plan with ceiling and floor plan patterns to the lower portion of the façade, adding adjacent buildings and more context to the bottom of the page, and showing perspective sketches to the right and left of the façade.
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POP UP PIAZZA | PIAZZA SALVANI PROVENZANO
Using a single sheet of A3 paper we are asked to recreate the space, texture, enclosure, thresholds, and relationships of a piazza using only cuts and folds. No paper should be discarded. It proved to be a carefully crafted and thought out exercise in which multiple iterations were necessary for the final product.
I was satisfied with the final Pop Up Piazza of the Piazza Salvani Provenzano. Emphasis was placed on the Salvani Provenzano church which was the only full building block in the pop up. It was difficult to capture the many topographical and level changes around the site.
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POP UP PIAZZA | PIAZZA SALVANI PROVENZANO
GOOD|BAD GOVERNMENT COLLAGE
The Good/Bad Government collage uses Lorenzetti’s famous painting as a precedent. In the painting, bad government is divided into 3 parts. One showing a desolate landscape, one showing a city in shambles, and the third part showing the evil power of the city. I tried to follow this same organization but arranged the composition vertically instead of horizontally. Lorenzetti’s good painting only shows a relationship between two parts, city and country. The power of the good government is a separate painting. In my collage I tried to integrate all of these into one vertical composition. See the final collage and the composition diagram below…
BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
The biennale is an international art exhibition. Every participating country has a pavilion to display their work in the Giardini. It was fascinating to see all the different displays of contemporary artwork. From video art to performance art the biennale had it all.
The one that stuck most with me was the German B. THE CHURCH OF FEAR vs THE ALIEN WITHIN by Christoph Schlingensief evoked a strong emotion from its participants through the use of video and setting. It was designed to feel like a typical church with pews and an altar. Above the altar was large projection screens showing a wide vary of the artist’s disturbing video clips.
A DAY TRIP TO FIRENZE
The trip to Firenze was surreal. After the Spring 2011 semester with Professor Zdepski designing botanical gardens along the Arno River I knew Firenze inside and out. We spent everyday studying our site (the Arno River) and the surroundings. Countless hours were spent in studio on Google Earth, examining street views, and viewing pictures. When we finally arrived to the Arno and the Ponte Vecchio I had felt as if I had already been there before. Nevertheless, the day trip was way too short of a visit for such an amazing city and I must return sometime in the near future.
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