Spring 2014, lecture by Stefano Pujatti.

Lecture by Stefano Pujatti.

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Stefano Pujatti, founder and principal of ElasticoSPA in Turin, Italy (, lectured at Kent State University, Florence Program on April 1, 2014. His lecture was introduced by Marco Brizzi.

For ElasticoSPA design is science-fiction rather than just a science.
It’s a balance between form and function, it’s innovation and realism, it means jumping forward keeping in mind what’s behind.
ElasticoSPA is precisely that, “Elastic” in its approach to design and architecture, and elastic in its approach to customers, manufacturers and end-users.
Elasticity means flexibility, and ensures that networking tensions are always kept to a minimum.
Elasticity means security: think of the net below the trapeze artist.
Elasticity means strength: think of David and Goliath.
We frequently see ourselves as trampoline artists. Our job is to keep our balance when everything around us is in a state of elasticity. To fly high you must keep calm, start and finish with your feet on the ground.
Design requires practical skills: it’s fine bouncing ideas around, ours stand up to the test of reality too.

Image: Slow Horse Hotel in Piancavallo, Italy by Stefano Pujatti / ElasticoSPA.

Spring 2014, lecture by Carlos Arroyo.

Lecture by Carlos Arroyo.

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Tuesday March 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm Spanish architect Carlos Arroyo lectured at Kent State University, Florence program. His lecture was introduced by Paola Giaconia.

Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos ( is a Madrid based architecture and planning office of international scope, with built work and projects in Spain, France, Belgium, Argentina, Colombia and Rwanda. Carlos Arroyo has developed protocols for innovation on all scales, from building technology to landscape management, developing new types of public building, or researching into new forms of housing. His work, described by critics as “sustainable exuberance”, claims to set the frame for a new architectural culture, language and aesthetics, through the ethics, technology and parameters of sustainability.

Image: Academy of Music, Word and Dance in Dilbeek, Belgium by Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos.

Spring 2014, lecture by Thom Faulders.

Lecture by Thom Faulders.

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On Tuesday February 11, 2014, Thom Faulders, founding partner of FAULDERS STUDIO, Oakland, CA ( will be at Palazzo Cerchi presenting recent works by his office. The lecture will be introduced by John Loomis.

FAULDERS STUDIO works at the intersection of commissioned architecture, permanent public art installations, international museum and gallery exhibitions, and speculative design research. Led by architect Thom Faulders and based in Oakland, CA, the multi-disciplinary practice believes that the built environment can function as an open condition: a responsive medium activated through an exchange with contextual phenomena and dynamic perceptual interactions. By transforming simple materials into vibrant spatial formations, the studio’s projects are embedded with unique strategies that sync stability with change. These works are informed through and defined by investigations into emergent and unpredictable behaviors often present in complex artificial and natural systems.

Spring 2014, lecture by Luis Urculo.

Lecture by Luis Urculo.

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On Tuesday January 28, 2014 Luis Urculo, principal of Estudio Luis Urculo in Madrid, Spain ( lectured at Kent State University, Florence Program. His lecture was introduced by Marco Brizzi, professor of the “Architecture and Media” theory course.

Luis Urculo, architect and visual artist, studied architecture at the ETSAM Technical School of Architecture in Madrid and at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago. In 2006 he established his own studio. Since then, Urculo’s videos have become well known and highly respected throughout the architecture industry. He develops a work of small and indefinite architecture in an opened format. “I no longer know what architecture is and what an architect should do”, says Urculo. “I am interested in the peripheral side to architecture, the processes, developments and approaches that can be manipulated, sampled and translated into other scales, adapting to the composition of the project, creating new scenes/ experiences / expectations not contemplated previously.”