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Typology Study

Aug 05 2011

I was curious about what makes a Piazza a Piazza, and not a Largo or some other classification of space. I’ll spoil the answer by telling you that it seems* that a church is required. One Piazza has a government building (though I think it used to be a church).









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Siena Section Diagram- Out into the countryside

Aug 05 2011



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The Siena Duomo

Aug 05 2011



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Chisea de Autostrada: My Favorite Church

Aug 05 2011











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Nightly Drawings

Aug 01 2011

I have been doing them, I just haven’t been *posting* them. Unfortunately, the scanner is hard to get to, and my computer doesn’t have a card-reader, so I pretty much rely on Josemar, who is gracious enough to help me out. But he and I have been keeping different hours this weekend, so I haven’t gotten a chance to digitize my work. Expect several posts all at once though… eventually.By the end of this trip I might actually have something that looks something like a portfolio :]

Side note: by the end of the trip there is a good chance that I’ll be fluent in Italian, the trip 3/7 over and I’m already pretty facile, I’m gonna work hard to make it happen.

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Milano “Wonderbreakfast” Workshop

Jul 30 2011

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Maps: Firenze!

Jul 26 2011

In preparation for Firenze (Florence) tomorrow, Alec W and I did a bunch of research about the history and the city in general. Lets see if it pays off; I’ll have another dozen half-finished sketches tomorrow night, I’m sure.



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Maps: Figure-Ground of Siena

Jul 26 2011

This is a partial figure ground of Siena, examining the area that my group is researching/ documenting. The poche’d blocks are those that we have investigated and documented already, and include about 1/5 of the total city, passing through Porta Ovile, and continuing out beyond the city-walls.

Part 1 of the Siena documentation is due Thursday, so more content then!



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Wonderbreakfast Design Work

Jul 25 2011



I think its incredible that this beautiful logo grew out of these little concept sketches that Josemar, Erick, and I did with Natascia Fenoglioand.



These are some other ideas, Wonderbreakfasts that could-have-been, if you will. One idea was to make “Big Breakfast,” in the form of a giant prop breakfast cum lounge. Another idea was to create a tasting map by taping spoons to the walls of Il Cubo and directing people to follow certain patterns. The third idea incorporated Saturday morning cartoons (since Saturdays are the only days I really remember eating “breakfast”) where guests would order and consume media, instead of food.





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My Map of Roma

Jul 25 2011



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Colosseum Perspective Sketch

Jul 25 2011

I checked out one of last year’s blogs and the quality of work is incredible.. Which has inspired me to try and post at least ONE thing EVERY NIGHT. I have like 20 unfinished sketches (unfinished to varying degrees) and so I want to take some time every night to finish one and post it.
Tonight’s sketch: The Colosseum.







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The Baths of Caracalla

Jul 24 2011



The baths of Caracalla are now only ruins, but they were once a huge part of Roman public life (literally). They were built by the Emperor Caracalla around 200AD, and included extensive bathing facilities, a library, public space, and an area for athletics.





The massive architecture is said to have been an inspiration for McKim, Mead, and White when they were designing Pennsylvania Station in NYC.




This is a drawing off of an information sign, showing what the baths looked like prior to the Ostrogoths. I wish I could have seen the baths while they were operational, there is something very beautiful about the sheer size of them. Who knows though, maybe I even got to use them in a past life.

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Churches of Rome: Chiesa di Sant’Ivo alla Sapienza

Jul 24 2011

This was definitely my favorite church in Rome. Something about the way the geometries fit together is absolutely beautiful.




And look at this dome… Incredible.


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Churches of Rome: Basilica di Santa Maria del Popolo

Jul 24 2011

This was our first stop on our tour of Roma’s Churches. The interior was beautiful, though the artwork seemed sort of stylistically eclectic.


The idea of a “facade” is really visible here, which I thought was interesting.


And this is just sort of cool.


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Churches of Rome: Santa Maria della Pace

Jul 24 2011

This was the final stop on our “Tour de Roma” so I had the most time to sit and sketch (as I ate lunch, actually).


This plan is from GreatBuildingsOnline, and includes the parts of the church that we weren’t allowed into.


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