SIENA

siena aerial

here is the schedule for SIENA. please download + review. note that the palio is MONDAY 16 aug 10 + the review is WEDNESDAY 18 aug 10.  you are free to wander 19/23 aug 10 when the return flight from rome departs. note further that you are responsible for getting yourselves to the airport in rome on time!

readings for siena workshop include:

did you see the article in sunday 4 july NY Times about the Palio in Siena? read it here:

figures in a field | rolls of hay

siena aerial

SIENA WORKSHOP  sub|urban city

place anything on a blank format, even a point, and horizontal + vertical divisions will immediately be sensed.  these tensions, intersecting at the location of the intruding element, are the invisible governing lines of a composition – its skeletal structure.  when developed still further in a composition … either implicitly or explicitly … they not only divide the composition into large + small two-dimensional areas, they also conjure up fast + slow, up + down, side to side, diagonal, and step-wise movements on the surface + in depth.

similar governing lines, spelled out three-dimensionally in proportion and scale, in form, space, and function, are seen in great works of architecture.  the architect, by the way he creates approaches, passageways, cavities – wide + narrow, high + low, open + closed – programs the movement of our eyes and bodies, and influences both our sense of well-being + our vital efficiency.

Calvin Harlan vision + invention 1970

PROCESS  walking the spokes | minding the wall

Starting at the terze, or thirds, the intersection of the three main ridges that set up Siena’s topographic morphologies, walk through the city along the assigned path towards the porta, or gate, in the city wall. Continue through the porta and into the countryside for a distance of at least four kilometers.

Work in your groups (+/or sub-groups) to gather data. Document + map all the various conditions along the path, the normative street and the so-called wide places in the road, that you have been assigned. Become familiar with all types of urban space in Siena; include all conditions both inside + outside the walls, both the figural + the fragmented. Understand the physical characteristics of the path and the various activities accommodated or thwarted by them, as the case may be. These include program elements such as public and private transportation, retail and commercial facilities, parking and open space, residential density, and civic or private institutions.

Prepare a simple but accurate plan + section of the full extent of the path/condition using collage/montage/drawing techniques. Organize in a series of A3/11×17 tiled sheets at a consistent scale to create a full rendering of the path and immediate adjacencies.  Analyze all physical and functional characteristics and represent them in a coordinated and graphically consistent manner.  Communicate graphically with minimal text; show the relationship of plan to section and to the larger urban/suburban context.  Your purpose is to understand the conditions and to communicate that understanding to others graphically.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS mapping the spokes | minding the wall

  • Plan: the urban space either figural or phenomenally constituted;
  • Section(s): not limited to cross-sections that indicate the spatial sequence procession/movement;
  • Elevation(s): all visible edges of the space read vertically, including photo montage;
  • Landscape: character and type of landscape, ie park field garden wood, including plant material, walls, hedges, etc.

Each group’s mapping will be joined together on the floor of the studio to show the full extent of these spokes:

  • gruppo fonti di pescaia/stada di pescaia
  • gruppo s. francesco/fonte di follonica
  • guppo fortezza
  • gruppo porta ovile/fonte ovile/ravicciano
  • gruppo porta guistizia/ex oespedale psichiatrico s. nicolo
siena aerial
OBJECTIVE sub|urban|merging

Out of the analysis and mapping certain conditions in the emerging patterns of settlement taking place outside the walls may suggest a move or a moment on the part of the group to urge potential development in one direction or another. The moves or moments you derive may be permanent or temporary, physical or phenomenal. Whatever they are, and however they are manifest, any move or moment must emanate from some articulated trueness in the condition, from its inherent genius loci. Be informed by your experience on the campuses in Newark and SMdP in Rome in confronting opportunity in the cracks, crevasses, voids + richness of the world under our noses and the populations that inhabit them. Issues of human and environmental ecologies are inevitable in the sprawling car-driven world outside the walls.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS urban e|merging
  • Plan: the urban space either figural or phenomenally constituted;
  • Section(s): not limited to cross-sections that indicate the spatial sequence procession/movement;
  • Elevation(s): all visible edges of the space read vertically, including photo montage;
  • Landscape: character and type of landscape, ie park field garden wood, including plant material, walls, hedges, etc.
The particular documentation requirements will emerge from each groups set of intentions, and will include models and other 3D renderings in addition to the requirements listed above.
figures in a field | rolls of hay
siena aerial
here is the siena sub|urban e|emerging mapping and studio project as a pdf…
  • S10 SIENA urban e|merging
and here are S10 SIENA precedent assignments to accompany the group mapping…

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