Experimental Structure of Bent Wood Takes Shape in Genoa

14:00 - 4 January, 2016
© Anna Positano
© Anna Positano

Over a four day period during the New Generations Festival, curators Edouard Cabay (Appareil, ES) and Margherita Del Grosso (MaDGStudio, IT) led an experimental workshop within a shipyard at the Historical Center of Genoa that resulted in a "Bent" installation inspired by navel construction. 

"By bending wood into an (in)habitable structure reminiscent of naval craft, a dialogue was created between the medieval urban fabric of Genoa and its tradition as maritime city," says the curators. "Although is still at the heart of the city's economy, its industry has been relegated to the margins of Genoa, generating conflict and ambiguity between the shore and the urban fabric. The workshop provided an occasion to mend this detachment through an architectural installation that, rather than bringing the city towards the sea, brings the marine element back into the urban fabric."

New School In Piazza Delle Erbe / PFP Architekten

01:00 - 8 July, 2014
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© Anna Positano

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Underground Garage / Carlo Bagliani

01:00 - 25 December, 2013
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© Anna Positano

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San Rocco Summer School

00:00 - 18 May, 2013
Courtesy of University of Genoa
Courtesy of University of Genoa

Taking place August 28-September 6, the University of Genoa's San Rocco Summer School (SRSS) will teach you to design buildings by making drawings, copying precedents and talking about corner solutions. Each teacher, who is a member of the San Rocco editorial board, and some friends and colleagues, will participate for two days, taking over the work developed by the colleagues that preceded him in the days before. It is the students who will provide the SRSS with consistency, being the only constant. The building to be designed is the new mosque of Genoa. Applications must be submitted no later than 12:00 on June 10. For more information, please visit here.

“Living the City in the City” / Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi + Margherita Del Grosso + Openfabric

07:00 - 18 May, 2012
Courtesy of Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi, Margherita Del Grosso, Openfabric, Marco Manzitti, Buro Happold, D’Appolonia, Doro Dietz
Courtesy of Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi, Margherita Del Grosso, Openfabric, Marco Manzitti, Buro Happold, D’Appolonia, Doro Dietz

The project “Living in the City in the City” by the team composed by Paolo Brescia and Tommaso Principi (architecture), Margherita Del Grosso (architecture), Openfabric (landscape), Marco Manzitti (urban marketing), Buro Happold (energy and environmental strategies), D’Appolonia (infrastructures), and Doro Dietz (visualization) recenlty won the international design competition organized by the Municipality of Genoa for the enhancement of Via XX Settembre. The idea of the project promotes a strong sense of self-identification by the Genoese, recovering the essential meaning of living seen as taking care of their city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Ponte Parodi / UNStudio

12:00 - 1 December, 2011
 © UNStudio
© UNStudio

This month, UNStudio’s Ponte Parodi, a waterfront design for Genoa, Italy, will be presented at the MAPIC in Cannes as one of the most iconic waterfront developments currently being realized.  The harbor project is part of a larger vision to revitalize the entire waterfront area, and merge the local urban and economic fabric to create a point of interest for Genoa’s varied waterfront users.  The juxtaposition of varied circulation typologies creates an innovative extension for the city center which not only organizes the position of the program, but also optimizes pedestrian flows within and atop the building.

More about the waterfront after the break.