6 09 2010

this is a FINAL warning + heads up:  too many of you are missing too much work on your individual blogs.  as you know, your grades are based on your weblog postings; no post = F.  the door is closing fast…


4 09 2010

ragazzi! a word of caution: please check your work!  among a lot of very good work, there are many examples of:

  • broken links;
  • images that are too small to make out (that is, they do not enlarge when clicked on);
  • missing titles, wrong titles and/or missing group member names.

we are doing our best to help organize + edit, but please do your part as well.  and don’t get us started on spelling. please be aware that grading by the faculty has started and that it is strictly web-based; if work is missing or late, it risks not be graded by some or all of the faculty.  note, too, that the siena2010 weblog will be closed to further posting and editing at NOON TUE 07 SEP 10.


25 08 2010


  • for group projects, posting here is REQUIRED. you may use a LINK to an individual blogs, but the information below must appear here on the main weblog.

GROUP NAME: facultyfaculty for example
GROUP PROJECT: sienastudio 2010 for example
GROUP MEMBERS: dart kopec lang romito/fiocca sollohub speranza

  • for individual assignments, sketches, etc posting here is OPTIONAL. you may use a LINK to your individual blogs, but the information below must appear here on the main weblog.

NAME: dart for example
PROJECT: posting guidelines for example
ASSIGNMENT: newark precedent 1 for example

the information listed above must be at the top of every post. you may redesign or reformat but the information must be clear to those who will be evaluating your work … you may also include a small signature image or motto above the group name.
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25 08 2010

PEER GROUP EVALUATIONS are an integral part of studio grading. excel templates have been emailed to you all. please fill out + return via email to please name the file S10<LASTNAME>.xls (no spaces). on behalf of all of us faculty, we would like to thank you again for your participation in the sienastudio 2010, and especially, your good humor + good work over the course of the summer.  it has been a pleasure and, we hope, a good learning experience.


24 08 2010

FOLIOWEBLOG click for a list of assignment + content requirements

Whoever knows how to design a park well will have no difficulty in tracing the plan for the building of a city according to its given area and situation. There must be squares, crossroads, and streets. There must be regularity and fantasy, relationships and oppositions, and casual unexpected elements that vary the scene; great order in the details, confusion, uproar, and tumult in the whole. M.A. Laugier  Observations sur l’Architecture 1765.

Notations on architecture and the city have historically been rendered legible through publications and manifestoes. From Vitruvius to Le Corbusier to the present day architects have presented their impressions and design intentions in clear graphic and textual narratives. These works can provide models for a graphic-based rhetorical language. The architectural treatise constitutes a comprehensive means of communicating all aspects of architectural design, from precedent to projection, addressing the varying dimensions of the discipline. A tectonic appreciation of the city begins with creating a graphic-based methodology for reading and communicating architecture.

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SIENA10 minding the wall PROJECTS / gruppo bocce/ Porta Giustizia Final Review

18 08 2010

GROUP NAME: gruppo bocce      

GROUP PROJECT: SIENA10 minding the wall PROJECTS      

GROUP MEMBERS: Cara Constantino, Jill DeBari, Jennifer Mortensen, Joseph Roque      

ASSIGNMENT: Porta Giustizia final review      

 A primary task was revising the Siena map to accurately portray our territory. As an area of the city seemingly considered a “void,” it has not been given the same precision as other, more central and traveled neighborhoods of Siena have in its representation on the map. We corrected that.      

New” Map of Siena:  The numbers on the map correspond with the numbers of the pages below      


In our research and analysis, after struggling to intervene in this territory and solve something, came to the conclusion that this place is beautifully incomplete. Its charm and success lies in its sense of community, small but strong. The people who spend time here understand it for what it is, a piece of Siena void of tourists and noise, but certainly not void of community.  So, instead of figuring out a way to enhance the territory, we decided to credit it. We made a series of splices, which could be read in two directions: 1. the more literal landscape seen as we moved from the center of the city outward to the edges of the territory, and 2. the “path” we took in studying this territory and its relationship to the dense city (drawings, diagrams, etc). So the product can be read from both sides, each telling a different story.      

Each page below features a front and a back:      

  •  FRONT:  left side column, represents a section in watercolor to convey our sense of experience as we moved through the valley towards the wall. 
  • BACK: right side column, holds the diagrams, sketches and maps that gruppo bocce created as we went through the experience of understanding the valley.

1.  Loggia della Mercato      


2.  Passage out to the Campo      


3.  Il Campo and Palazzo Publico      


4.  Via di Porta Giustizia      


5.  Split in the terrain      


6.  Piazza Mercato      


7.  Edge of the valley      


8.  Down the stairs      


9.  Laundry House      


10.  At grade with the Laundry House      


11.  Begining to see the greener side of Siena      


12.  The last of the built enviroment      


13.  Gate to the valley, but not Porta Giustizia      


14.  Walkway lined with kitchen gardens.      


15.  Understanding the valley as a community.      


16.  Completely isolated from the built world of Siena.      


17.  The valley is a place of repose.      


18.  The Wall.  The only remains for Porta Giustizia.      


19.  Beyond the wall.      


We hung these temporal episodic moments over a topography model of the landscape on which we spent so much time, helping to make our story even more complete. The undulations in the landscape is yet another piece that is missing from the maps of Siena, and one that creates an identity for the territory around Porta Giustizia.      

Side 1, Strung


Side 2, Strung


The space we used to present our stories was lined with wildlife from the territory we studied. This was done not only to portray the importance of agriculture to the area around Porta Giustizia, but also to frame it and give the territory a reverence which we developed for it over our time in Siena. We wanted to show our respect and represent it in a manner in which it likely has never been portrayed, but one it is truly worthy of.      

Setting Up


View from Behind Plants









Perhaps the most important part of our project is its transience. After displaying our stories, they can be dismantled and (using the same string which held them in position along the topo) folded into a compact booklet, which we can take with us back to New Jersey. The topography model, like the real, existing landscape, remain in Siena, for others to study and learn from.     


The final component was an offering to the community which has formed in our territory. Using the basic outline of the territory, we made a series of diagrammatic plates, each relaying something we uncovered from studying the territory. We wanted to give these people something that showed that we too understand the value of this area.      

Our Offering


Some images of our presentation:      

After Distributing the Revised Map


Preparing the Gift for the Community



Cutting the pages free from the display.


Travel book complied


SIENA10 | Lorenzetti Redux

16 08 2010

please post the EFFECTS OF GOOD + BAD GOVERNMENT UPON THE CITY + THE COUNTRYSIDE collages here.  include in the post a minimum 250-word abstract explaining your compositional strategy and the iconographic program of your collage’s imagery.

SIENA10 precedent 05 / Prato di San Agostino

13 08 2010

NAME: Mortensen, Jennifer

PROJECT: SIENA10 precedent 05

ASSIGNMENT: Prato di San Agostino


SIENA10 precedent 04 / Porta Pantaneto

9 08 2010

NAME: Mortensen, Jennifer

PROJECT: SIENA10 precedent 04

ASSIGNMENT: Porta Pantaneto



NEWARK10 | NOLLI TOWN post now!

6 08 2010

please post the both NOLLI plans here … first the existing conditions NOLLI followed by the NOLLI incorporating the Campus Place proposals.  please use the same category and tags as this post.  please also include your names and sections of the NOLLI you took responsibility for documenting.


1 08 2010

SIENA precedent assignments 04+05 have been posted on the SIENA page, above. download here or there:

S10 SIENA precedent assignment 04 : porta analytique; click here to find the map!

S10 SIENA precedent assignment 05 : popUP piazza

ROMA10 | SMdP  22-24 JUL 10!

22 07 2010

click S10 SMdP SCHEDULE THU FRI SAT SUN for schedule + work details for thursday, friday + saturday!

please note that we start FRIDAY PROMPTLY at 9,oo with pin up review with Cesare Pietroiusti and his project presentation.

ROMA10 precedent 03 / Jennifer Mortensen / La Rinascente

16 07 2010

NAME: Mortensen, Jennifer

PROJECT: ROMA10 precedent 03

ASSIGNMENT: La Rinascente



5 07 2010

please download + print out S10 ROMA PRECEDENT ASSIGNMENT 03.

we will meet at 9am saturday 10 JUNE 10 in the Hotel Derby breakfast room to help you organize the assignment.

NEWARK10 Campus Project | group IN DECISION final review

30 06 2010

GROUP NAME: in decision
GROUP MEMBERS: Jill DeBari, Jennifer Mortensen
ASSIGNMENT:  SUMMIT STREET final review and revision

Final Review

Revised Layout after  the June 30th review:

29 06 2010

the workshop is the operative model for the sienastudio. among the workshop’s many challenges is communicating intent + documenting process … here is a brilliant example from NABA, a design school based in milano.  for a closer look, click naba-design

be aware that you will be mounting an exhibition of your summer’s work in the loft at NJIT at the beginning of the fall semester.  much of the documentation will be video + image based. for other examples, see the critical links, especially peter lang’s crossXborderXprojeX + take note!


25 06 2010

FRACTURES + FISSURES urban/campus grain/cross-grain

  • newark review 12-6pm WED 30 JUNE 2010 NJ/SOA storefront gallery

presentation composite nolli map of existing conditions + composite nolli map of new proposals

  • INSTALL side by side in the storefront, far southwest corner

presentation individual group projects/proposals

  • INSTALL in order, west to east, per the list below
  • REVISE manifesto + install at the upper left corner of your group’s individual presentation; print large enough for us to read from our seats
  • INCLUDE analysis documentation, study models, sketches, etc to supplement your presentation + reveal your process


12h00 review the nolli maps at the same scale SIDE by SIDE in the storefront

  • composite nolli of existing campus
  • composite nolli of all new projects/proposals

13h00 walkabout with all groups to each site

13h45 group presentations in the storefront, west to east, top to bottom, NJIT green to rutgers quad, mountains to the sea…and, yes, the motto editorializing is ours.
  • OMG! | NJIT Green Mess 13h45
  • IN[de]CISION | Summit Street + its Discontents 14h15
  • ORANGE IGUANAS | Crossing MLKing 14h45
  • BACK TO BACK | Eberhardt Hall Field Theory 15h15
  • DAZED + CONFUSED | Rutgers Quad + Library Wad 15h45
  • GREEN MONKEYS | Smith Hall Megaron + Beyond 16h15
  • COURTYARD CONQUISTADORES | Aidekman Quad il giardino segreto/secrenendo (the secret/secreting garden) 16h45

19h00 dinner at Sagres Bar & Grillin the ironbound, proof once again that architecture is what we do between meals…

NEWARK10 precedent 01 / Jennifer Mortensen

21 06 2010

NAME: Mortensen, Jennifer

PROJECT: NEWARK10 precedent 01



NEWARK10 Nolli Town | exquisite corpse REDUX | TUES 22 JUN 10

18 06 2010

please REVISIT all NOLLI map sections per our discussion on thursday.  please REVISE all map sections + print out on 11×17 sheets.   [re] assemble the map on wall in one of the second floor studios for tuesday. make this a useful tool!

let us know if you have any questions by posting a comment here.

NEWARK10 Campus Project | MANIFESTO 18 JUN 10

18 06 2010

post-review assignment please craft a 200-word MANIFESTO for each site under study based on the documentation from the mid-review, the mid-review discussion + your group’s subsequent de-briefing.  be sure to include [ or revise ] your group’s motto.  note that a manifesto is like a statement of intentions, but includes specific aims + outcomes. it is declarative.  it is a call to action.

please post as a COMMENT to this post by the midnight friday 18 Jun 10.