Today was our final review of project 4, a group site analysis project. I think my group was very happy with our final composition, and we got positive feedback from our professors and our peers. My group consisted of one of my roommates, Emily, and my friend Bryan.
My two analytiques were of the site’s history, and the effect shade and shadow had on the use and feel of the site.
Emily’s analytiques were showing the axial relationships of our site as well as the different zones.
Bryan’s analytiques analyzed the materiality and circulation of our site.
Now we are working on layering these 6 compositions to create Futurist style artwork that will then become models that influence the design of our final project.
This week has gone by really fast. As soon as we got back from Berlin Monday morning we had to jump right back into studio and finish our final analytiques for project 4. This was a group project, and I worked with Emily and Bryan. I think we worked very well as a group, and the end project was fantastic!
Thursday we took our second day trip to Milan with Guidi. Luckily we had no rain or snow this time. We started off by going to the Novecento museum, which is the futurist artists museum. This ties into what we are doing in studio right now so it was very interesting.
Next we went to the Castello Sforzesco. This was a really cool 14th century castle in the middle of the city.
Then we went to the Trianale Museum. While we were at the Museum, there was a fashion event going on. There were a ton of models and important people walking around and paparazzi everywhere. Some of the things these people were wearing was absolutely ridiculous. I wish I would have taken pictures!
On the way back to the train station we walked through a newer area of town called Porta Nuova, near the UniCredit building. This area was filled with really cool modern architecture.
Friday night it the infamous Villa Party. We’re all so excited that we can hardly focus. We’ve already cleaned out all the furniture from studio and for the past two days Christina and Lucia, along with their husbands and families, have been cooking some amazing food for the party. This whole villa smells amazing! I’m super excited for a weekend off from traveling. It will be really nice to just relax in the villa with everyone.
Thursday we went on a day trip to Milan. The forecast called for rain and snow and for the temperature to be in the mid 30s. As soon as we came out of the first tunnel on the train ride from Genoa to Milan, it was snowing. A little further down the tracks and there was already a few inches of snow on the ground. As much as I would prefer it to be sunny and warm when we have to be outside all day, if were gonna have some kind of precipitation i would much rather it be snow. Of course, once we arrived in Milan it was raining all day long. There were some occasional snow flurries but nothing stuck and it always changed back over to rain.
Despite the shitty weather, I really enjoyed Milan. It was one of the few large cities in Italy I haven’t been to before. One of the really exciting parts of our trip was going to see the Duomo. It is very different from other duomos I have been to such as in Florence, but it was equally beautiful in a very different way. The Duomo in Milano took over 5 centuries to build which is just unbelievable. They had to create a school that taught people how to sculpt, paint, and build in the style in which the building was started, so as to maintain its gothic style. Despite the rain we were able to go onto the roof of the Duomo, which was absolutely unbelievable. From that point you could really see all the detail in the sculptures decorating the exterior of the cathedral.
We also visited the Santa Maria delle Grazie church. I didn’t know this until we were standing outside in the rain listening to Giuditta talk, but the original Last Supper painting is on display in the refectory of the church’s convent. We didn’t get to go see it on this trip, but Judy promised to try to get us reservations for one of our other day trips to Milan. Another amazing church we visited was Santa Maria presso San Satiro, which was a small church in the city center. The story of the churches construction was really interesting. It had been a small church that was remodeled during the 15th century. There was not enough space to expand the church because it was already situated between preexisting buildings. They were able to build out towards the street to create the bottom part of the ‘cross-shaped’ nave, but had no room to expand and build the upper part of the nave, towards the altar. Architect and designer, Donato Bramante, created a perspective painting behind the altar to give the illusion that the church was actually in the typical cross plan. Giuditta didn’t tell us that this was actually a painting until we had been in the church for around 5 minutes. When she told us we were all shocked. Then we walked down the aisle and to the right and only then could we really believe that the church didn’t extend past the side aisles.
Today we had our review for our third project of the semester. We were assigned a piazza in Genoa’s city center in which we were supposed to pick a building facade to analyze. I was assigned Piazza Matteotti in which i chose to analyze the Jesuit Church. Instead of analyzing the facade of the church, I concentrated on the bell tower, il campanaria, which stuck out to me because it is so different from any of the other bell towers of other Genovese churches. I also analyzed the various domes of the church. In addition to the main dome, la cupola, there are six smaller domes that are situated over six side chapels that run parallel to the naive. These smaller domes peaked my interest because they are barely visible from behind the facade of the building.
I am actually really happy with how this project turned out. In project 2, an analytique of an element of the villa, I was really unhappy with my final drawing because I felt like it wasn’t fully developed and I missed the point of the analytique. In this project, I felt like I created a true analytique that was successful in conveying the story I was telling through this building.
Here’s my final drawing.