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Firenze

From Brunelleschi to Today, This Documentary Tracks the Evolution of Architecture in Tuscany

09:30 - 9 September, 2017

Each year, thousands of tourists flock to the Italian region of Tuscany to view works of architectural mastery. Renowned architectural figures such as Michelangelo and Brunelleschi transformed Tuscan cities to be stages of cultural rebirth during the 14th-17th century. These times, however, have passed. Today, Tuscany is faced with problems such as the decline of suburbs, abandoned buildings, and property speculation. The modern Italian architecture scene is in decline, and the country is experiencing an oversupply of architects, requiring many to emigrate in search of work.

Can the spirits of these Renaissance architectural masterminds be emulated today in modern Tuscany? This is exactly the topic that cultural association 120g explores in their new documentary, Tuscanyness. The film depicts how this nature of cultural rebirth is alive today through the architects born and educated in the Tuscan region. Here, emerging architects have the unique opportunity to listen to the teachings of the past to inform the architecture of the future.

IT4FASHION / Studio Lauria

13:00 - 22 May, 2016
IT4FASHION / Studio Lauria, © Studio Lauria
© Studio Lauria

© Studio Lauria © Studio Lauria © Studio Lauria © Studio Lauria + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Manifattura Tabacchi, 50144 Firenze, Italy
  • Client

    PIN and Logis Lab
  • Project by

    Daniele Lauria / Studio Lauria
  • Area

    500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Florence's Museum of the Opera del Duomo set to Reopen to the Public

04:30 - 22 October, 2015
The 'Pietà' Room. Image © Antonio Quattrone
The 'Pietà' Room. Image © Antonio Quattrone

The new Florentine museum of the Opera del Duomo, affiliated to the city's cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, is set to reopen its doors to the public next week following years of restoration and reconstruction. 6000 square metres of exhibition space, designed by Adolfo Natalini and Guicciardini & Magni architetti, will house the largest collection of Florentine medieval and Renaissance sculpture in the world, including pieces by Donatello, Michelangelo (the Florentine Pietà), Andrea Pisano, Lorenzo Ghiberti (Gates of Paradise), and Luca della Robbia. It will also exhibit fifteen 14th century statues and almost seventy fragments from the cathedral's original medieval façade.

Read Monsignor Timothy Verdon's, Director of the Opera, narrative of the new spaces after the break.

A Renaissance Gem In Need Of Restoration

00:00 - 19 November, 2014

The Pazzi Chapel is a landmark of architecture in the city that was once the cradle of the Italian Renaissance: Florence. Located in the Santa Croce church complex (the largest Franciscan church in the world), the chapel was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi - the goldsmith-turned-architect who dedicated his life to engineering the dome of Florence's Santa Maria del Fiore. It is "a prime example of 15th-century architectural decoration in grey pietra serena sandstone, colourful maiolica, and terracotta."

550 years have taken their toll on this structure and its decoration. Concern for the state of the loggia of the chapel is now so great that the non-profit institution in charge of the church’s administration - the Opera di Santa Croce - have raised 50% of the funds needed to carry out a restoration, set to begin in early 2015. They are now looking to crowdfunding to source the remaining half ($95,000) and, in so doing, are inviting people from around the world to become part of the 720-year-long history of Santa Croce.

How Did Filippo Brunelleschi Construct the World's Largest Masonry Dome?

00:00 - 9 September, 2014

More than 500 years after it was built, Filippo Brunelleschi's dome of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy, remains the largest masonry dome ever built. Leaving no plans or sketches behind, some of the secrets of its construction that Brunelleschi pioneered are still an enigma today. This short animation, presented by National Geographic and created by Fernando Baptista and Matthew Twombly, gives an idea of how the dome of the Duomo might have been built. Demonstrating the complexity of the task, made harder due to poor construction prior to Brunelleschi's commission, this film serves as a reminder of just how long it can take to create something timeless.

Firenze Che Sarà: Screenings and Conversations

00:00 - 9 April, 2013
Firenze Che Sarà: Screenings and Conversations, Courtesy of Firenze Che Sarà
Courtesy of Firenze Che Sarà

Firenze Che Sarà (A Florence That Will Be) are a series of screening and conversations involving changes in cities, attempting to stimulate the Florentine administration, which has repeatedly show interest in promoting change. The first two screening already took place, but the sessions will continue on the following dates:

- April 18 (A Gavinana. Architecture in Wait)
- May 16 (At the Uffizi. The cityless museum)
- June 13 (At the Cascine. On the search for landscapes)

All videos part of the "Firenze Che Sarà" program are selected by Image ARCHIVE. The program is organized by Image in collaboration with the Ordine degli Architetti di Firenze

One of the 9 videos included in the screening is J. Mayer. H.'s Metropol Parasol, filmed by Pedro Kok