back to reality…..

classes have started up, finishing up my Siena Studio experience on the blog really makes it sad that its all over.  What an experience… this is something I will never forget.

I plan on changing my entire blog into something not just for the Siena Studio, but as a tool to document my remaining years as a student of architecture.  Almost a journal that I can later recap/reevaluate towards a portfolio or even to better my career.  This beats kepler too… Midway through september I will be changing the blog to accommodate all of my studies.  This semester I am in a studio with Don Wall and the topic is fascinating.

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Gruppo Spaziale | Minding the Wall | Fortezza Breach

Please visit the following link for a full detailed description of the analysis I gladly was a part of for the Siena portion of the Summer studio.

Lorenzetti Redux – GoodvsBad Government

For the good government collage, the concept was to create what is today the struggle to have a successful society through proper government interventions.  The critical issue that will present the greatest challenge is sustainability not just environmentally, but economically, fuel efficiency, socio-politically, and etc… Sustainability will be more than just being “Green” .  Contemporary society, or possibly the next generation should be renamed the Sustainability Era, needs to calculate how to most efficiently get supplies to and from cities, supply the general populous, still make profit to maintain commerce, and do all of this by using little to no additional resources or better yet have the system be self sustaining.  Perpetual motion is impossible, but a cycling closed looped system can achieve a perpetual motion society that with only an initial investment the system can sustain itself without any, and I mean ANY, additional resources.

Bad Government, divided by a wall of guns and violence, bridging the gap between good and bad societies and infecting other more civil societies.  By unnecessary bloodshed and violence, the world will eventually implode on itself.  Additionally, governments have been using wars to better themselves as a global power and assume dominance.  Globalization is a world that people dont want to hear, but it is happening and will continue to advance no matter how disruptive governance achieves.  Soon a world high diversified will eventually bring itself to a knowledge far beyond today’s standard in order to create a world more suitable to sustain itself and not waist resources on barbaric violence and greed.

Popping up a Piazza | Loggia del Papa/San Martino

Unfortunately during the process of moving from Siena back home, most of the process and paper that was mangled to me to understand how to stand this pop-up Piazza up was lost.  Additionally, many of the decisions were made with a basic concept in mind of making sure the slope of the pop-up is represented because the complexity of it was to me the most intriguing.  More so, the open nature of the Loggia needed to be somehow represented within this pop-up Piazza.

The final product before it was popped up…

and Popped Up

another view of San Martino’s side

the Loggia having the arch openings additionally representing the Sloping Condition

Finally, a last Bird’s Eye View

Firenze – a Once capital city…

Firenze, once the capital city for a newly unified Italy, now a SWARMING tourist attraction…

After learning that Peter Lang and/or Jim Dart could be charged a 50-100 euro fine for being a non-licensed tour guide, we had a discussion about Alberti’s Santa Novella’s Facade design.  Based on the golden section and being completely proportional, the facade was some of the beginnings of the Renaissance where these guiding proportioning systems and play with different styles and orders would start.

The next stop after the inability to get into Santa Lorenzo, we all made our way into the Laurentian library, so praised for by architectural historicists (might not be completely factual, but Prof. Esperdy really took time to explain this library in detail).  And well praised it is. The entrance feels ill-properly scaled, yet the almost explosion into the library portion is quite astonishing and very eye capturing.

The next portion of our trip would be Santa Croce and also the Pazzi chapel, an early design in Brunelleschi’s architectural career.  Additionally, Santa Croce houses both Michelangelo and Galileo, two of the most influential people in the times of the Renaissance.

and to end this post, I also got to see something breath taking and something that was downright insulting in terms of architecture.  The marvelous view was at the top of Piazza de Michelangelo. The view speaks for itself, and so does this failure in architecture.


Analytique | Watercoloring…

Antiporto di Camollia…

Different from many others, the Antiporto is not attached to the Siena Wall fabric and stands on its own.  Additionally, the Antiporto served as a stepping stone into Siena from Florence after the Florentines took over Siena and placed the Fortezza with guns pointed at the Sienese.

3 pages of sketches, studies, proportions, and etc. while directly on site and figuring out the best drawings that could correlate to each other on the Analytique.

The Analytique before applying the watercolors (after I got over being a nervous wreck and finally getting some balls to put down the first coat of the watercolors…)

My watercolor color palette.  Was quite proud of the colors I had developed for the analytique.

…and of course the FINISHED product, rendered in beautiful watercolors

…also some test pageshelped settle the nervous wreck I was before watercoloring

Siena at a Glance

Day 2 in Siena and fortunately today was a great day from the moment I woke up.  Things here are slower, more settling, and all around just more fun.  Being engulfed in a medieval city is great, yet with today’s short walking lecture/tour from Peter and Jim shows that things are not really as pure as a Medieval but a constantly changing and evolving city.  Today was great minus the Internet condition that keeps plaguing us from the beginning of this trip.  Although the nerves are growing very short with Jim so hopefully his nerves and fuse won’t blow up trying to solve the issue. Anyway back to my first full day in Siena…

To begin things off, the ladies at the front desk of the university dormitory do NOT know a single word in English.  Although the few students that are still lingering for their final exams know English very well and are extremely helpful.  Unfortunately, in a couple of days these students will leave and we will be left all by ourselves.  Maybe it might be time to pick up a Rosetta Stone Italiano… hopefully Italian will come to me, I can only hope.

Duomo from Afar                                                     Santuario di Santa Caterina

In the morning, it was time to get myself acclimated with the city of Siena and know all the hot spots, good food, also cheap+good food, super market, other markets, where to get art supplies, and, most importantly, understand the city fabric.  Although I did not successfully get all of that in one day (insert sarcasm: sorry Jim I’m not that good yet) I got to know a lot of things.  Found 2 art supply stores very close to the Campo and even closer to each other.  Also, found a few small stores and a supermarket, which definitely helps with saving money.  Additionally Jim handed out id cards that gets us into the dining halls of the university and has dinners and lunches for about 4-5 euro for 3 course meals that are also GOOD! Great money saver.  Also had a chance to sit in on the Campo again and also going to sit there again tonight and have a relaxing night.  Just because the Campo is not the “belly button” or the “moondus” of Siena doesn’t mean its not one of the best public spaces in the world that is a beautiful place to congregate.

Palazzo Publicco                                        Bishops House Next to Duomo

Also, just to back track a little, Peter and Jim lead a tour of a little bit of Siena to teach us how to be “Professional Tourists” and not just have our pictures taken in front of a place that “looks medieval.”(great laugh btw) At least now, or at least I think, I could be able to tell the difference between what is reminiscence of 12th century Medieval or new look-a-likes done in the 19th century.  Ill try to test my knowledge tomorrow on another walk around Siena.