An impressive panel of jurors for the graduate architecture studio.
Dean Mark Mistur, Gian Piero Frassinelli (Superstudio) and Gianfranco Bombaci (2a+p/a), together with KSU-F faculty Marco Brizzi and Giovanni Damiani, participated in the final reviews for the graduate architecture studio led by Paola Giaconia.
The 6 students (Alex Petruso, Ashley Kerwood, Cara Welch, David Sidick, Jacob Sas, Stephen Scabora) were challenged to redefine a piece of the city of Florence that is key to its future development, a large vacant lot located next to the soon-to-be (or not-to-be) high speed train station. The project focused on the topic of housing in the city starting from investigations of the Italian typology of the condominium.
As Dean Mark Mistur observed:
“The studio produced exceptional work. A strong thesis and integrated thinking marked each project”.
Superstudio was a group of avant-garde architects, composed of Adolfo Natalini, Cristiano Toraldo di Francia, Roberto Magris, Gian Piero Frassinelli and Alessandro Magris (with Alessandro Poli from 1970 to 1972). The group was one of the initiators of so-called “Radical Architecture” and successively involved in an attempt to develop an anthropological re-foundation of architecture. Founded in 1966 in Florence, Superstudio would soon be known for its conceptual architecture works, most notably the 1969 Continuous Monument: an Architectural Model for Total Urbanization.
Gianfranco Bombaci is one of the two partners of architecture practice 2a+p/a. The studio has been awarded in several design competitions and has presented in conferences and symposia worldwide, publishing in a variety of international books and magazines. Gianfranco has been visiting critic and has run workshops in many schools around Europe such as Syracuse University in London, Miami School of Architecture in Rome, TU in Munich. He also promoted research through publishing initiatives such as architecture magazine “San Rocco”. Recently he founded CAMPO, a space to debate, study and celebrate architecture in Rome.