(Project laboratory, Intensive Schools, Workshop)

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Description of the initiative

The Workshop provides a complex and multidisciplinary planning experience, combined with the deepening of some specific issues at the center of the practice, culture and contemporary architectural debate. Through a design experimentation characterized by the various topics and in-depth scale addressed, the common goal is to develop a synthesis project that combines the theoretical argumentation of the proposed theme with the applied activity based on the skills and know-how gained during the three-year educational path.An innovative teaching activity entitled "Projectelling" is planned with the aim to increase the communication skills of the results of the design activity. In NY during the workshop it will be possible to organize real interviews with the direct protagonists of the history of the architecture of the city. The students will thus be able to experience the possibility of refining their critical and writing skills on issues of architectural and urban interpretation. The workshop introduces the Metropolitan discipline general principles and issues.The New York project area is perfect to test our capability to work locally thinking globally, trying to insert into our Architectonical and Urban design disciplines a critic approach about sustainable history within the environmental issue.

Topics of the project:Public spaces between new urban morphologies and transforming building typologiesLayered infrastructures and post-industrial environmentsNatural ecosystem and urban ecologiesResilience, transition processes and urban growthRetrofitting strategies, new technologies and digital tools

Field of Action:Roosevelt Island: The island of undesirablesThrough the 19th century, the island housed several hospitals and a prison. Right now the island hosts the Kahn Memorial. The Cornell Tech Campus, a join venture with Technion Israel Institution, is going to be built.The island offers a great opportunity to develop a metropolitan project trying to understand that the project is not nostalgia for the past, but therefore, cannot be subordinated to the environmental engineer practices. The project, in fact, must present a polemical theory about how to make new mega-blocks, neighbourhood plan dealing with new urban rural settlements and urban design framed by the regional planning approach. The urban (and metropolitan) metabolism of the public city is the key topic of this workshop. The course explores the relational aspects of urban and metropolitan landscapes through the lens of public spaces and collective actions. Urban (and metropolitan) landscapes are frequently defined by overlapping, intermixing, recombining and hybridizing relations such as transport infrastructures, ecological networks and hydrological systems. Through these discourses the public frame of infrastructures and the collective contribution to/of urban spaces can be obscured through the demands of spatial, environmental and technological concerns. This workshop aims to reframe the urban (and metropolitan) metabolism through critical issues of public space. It is focused on the transformation of growing metropolitan areas and their relationships across urban and territorial contexts. It will engage with site-specific ecologies across contrasting scales, reimagining socio-spatial relations of public spaces, to propose new public infrastructures and spaces aggregated. The workshop proposes landscape as public space exploring new infrastructures, which enhance relations with the land and our environments, but not as singular or individual relations, but as essential components of a collectivity.


dal April 2019 a April 2019


M e t a b o l i s m o f a c i t y

PROGRAM (changes will may occur)
Saturday April 6th9:00 AM - 4:00 PM __SITE VISIT: meeting at the main entrance of NYiT-New York Institute of Technology @ 1855 Broadway 1-A-B-C-D Subway lines, stop at 59th Columbus Circle)

Sunday April 7th 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM __STUDIO : meeting at the main entrance of NYiT- New York Institute of Technology @ 1855 Broadway, 11th floor.6:00 PM - 8:00 PM __LECTURE/DISCUSSION : "Resilient Metropolis. A selection of proposals from Urban Deisgn studios at NYiT. " (Prof. G. Santamaria- NYiT)

Monday April 8th 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM __STUDIO 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM__LECTURE/DISCUSSION : "New York City Waterfronts." (prof. David Grahame Shane- Columbia University)3:00 PM - 6:00 PM__STUDIO

Tuesday April 9th 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM__STUDIO 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM__LECTURE/DISCUSSION : "New York City Waterfronts." (prof. Alessandro Orsini- NJIT)3:00 PM - 8:30 PM__STUDIO

Wednesday 10th 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM__STUDIO2:00 PM - 3:00 PM__LECTURE/DISCUSSION: "Adaptable strategies for Resilient cities" (prof. Meta Brunzema- Pratt Institute)3:00 PM - 6:30 PM__STUDIO6:30 PM - 9:00 PM__FIRST REVIEW OF DESIGN DRAFTS/IDEAS

Thursday 11th 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM__STUDIO 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM__LECTURE/DISCUSSION : "New York Urban Design and the MoMa Exhibit" (prof. Michael Schwarting- NYiT)2:30 PM - 6:00 PM__STUDIO6:30 PM - 7:30 PM__LECTURE/DISCUSSION : "Urban Design and Climate Change " (prof. Maria Altagracia Villalobos- Penn State University)7:30 PM - 9:00 PM__ STUDIO

Friday 12th 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM__STUDIO 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM__"Interscalar Operations: prototype in future cities" (Prof. Marcella del Signore- NYiT) 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM__MID TERM REVIEW OF DESIGN PROPOSALSSaturday 13th 9:00 AM - 9:30 PM__STUDIO

Sunday 14th 9:00 AM - 9:30 PM__STUDIO Monday 15th 12:00 AM - 1:00 PM__ Final Review (NYiT @1855 Broadway, 11th floor)All studio activities will take place at NYIT (Broadway 1855- room 1119 & gallery space, 11 floor)Metropolitan architecture; Ecosystem Services

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