tracing steps: Two Professors, Twelve Students and Seven Weeks in Rome During the Summer of 2015
- Friday, November 6, 2015 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
- Cheever Hall - view map
Professors Brittingham and Rifki spent seven weeks in Rome during the summer of 2015 with twelve architecture students. In addition to exploring the city and country side, the students’ earned credits in design studio and urban studies. Their residency in Rome was bookended with seven days in Istanbul and Cappadocia in Turkey. The final ten days of studies were spent traveling through Basel, Switzerland as well as Lyon and Paris, France.
To better understand the importance of community life in the urban piazzas of Rome, while studying under Professor Fatih Rifki the students designed a combination café, wine bar and tabacci (tobacco) store. Throughout their travels, the teaching focus was on the golden ages of Florence and Istanbul during the beginning period of the Renaissance. In addition, the students studied two seminal architecture masterpieces – Brunelleschi’s Il Duomo and Suleymaniye Complex. Through these observations, students were better able to understand the people, places and processes that ushered in, and nurtured, the urban golden ages. In the history component of Prof. Rifki’s teaching, students studied twelve Roman piazzas, focusing on discovery, description, analysis, reflection and conclusion.
Professor John Brittingham will provide an overview of the academic components of the Rome Studio through a photo essay of travels and studies, focusing his discussion on Le Corbusier’s La Tourette and the Vitra Design Campus.
- School of Architecture