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Cersaie 2011: Conferences and Seminars
Architectural Student Award Presentation: A New Architectural Skin

Wednesday 21 September - 12.00 noon
Galleria dell'Architettura - Gallery 25/26

Presentation of the projects submitted to the competition “Una nuova pelle architettonica” (“A new architectural skin”) open to students at all Italian architecture faculties in the year of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy. The competition is organised by Edi.Cer at Cersaie 2011, in cooperation with the cultural association DNA and with the support of Turin Polytechnic, the Architecture Faculty of Florence and the Architecture Faculty of Rome “La Sapienza”.
The competition focuses on design projects for real urban areas in the cities of Turin, Florence and Rome, the country’s historic capitals and symbols of Italian unity. Participants were asked to design a “new architectural skin” using Italian ceramic materials as wall coverings or ventilated façades and choosing one of the three proposed urban areas for their projects.
The participants will discuss the projects with the jury members.
The event will be concluded by the award ceremony.


Paolo Di Nardo More

Paolo Di Nardo

Professor of Architecture, University of Florence
Biographical notes
Paolo Di Nardo graduated in Florence in 1985 and achieved a Ph.D. in Architectural Design, at the same University.
He coordinates a team that, for more than fifteen years, has participated in numerous architectural competitions in Italy and abroad gaining recognition and awards (Michelucci Fondaution award; Biennale Produzioni Culturali Giovanili dell’Europa Mediterranea award; Under40 Comune di Firenze award; Around50 award) and is carryng out his professional activity in the field of architectural and urban planning, with particular focus on the themes of perception and visual communication in architecture.
In 2003 he founded the ARX studio with the aim of enabling the management of architectural ideation through a mutual exchange between research and achievement.
ARX originated as a synthesis of all that professional competence taking part to the realization of architectural organisms to its completion.
The planning involves interventions on various scales.
Some of these architectural complexes have been the subject of project financing proposal currently in progress.
ARX meets infrastructural, residential and architectural, and environmental requalification and sections of graphics and design themes.
In 2004 his plan of Requalification of the Pescaia (weir) di San Niccolò at Florence (passages of Water and Stone) was selected for the Venice La Biennale di Architettura. In 2006 he won the International competition for the Polo Universitario ex Guidotti at Pisa with Roger Diener, Obermayer and Heliopolis 21.
The extensive professional occupation of Paolo Di Nardo is further amplified by a strong university activity at the Florence Faculty of Architecture where he is lecturer of planning of the Laboratorio di Architettura II.
He is, furthermore, the editorial director of the four-monthly magazine AND “Magazine of architecture, city and architects” based in Florence and published by DNA.

Ulisse Tramonti More

Ulisse Tramonti

Professor Faculty of Architecture - University of Florence
Biographical notes
Professor of Architectural Design at the Architecture Faculty of the University of Florence. Born in Forlì, Italy on 10 April 1946, he lives and works in Florence where he combines his teaching activities with a constant commitment to design research through national and international competitions and architecture projects.
He holds the position of visiting professor at the Ecole d’Architecture de Paris la Villette in Paris, at the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, at the Universidade Lusiada in Lisbon and at the Berlin Polytechnic.
Since 1998 he has been director of the International Affairs Department of the Florence Architecture Faculty.
He is a member of the Accademia degli Incamminati di Modigliana, the Società Studi Romagnoli, the Deputazione di Storia Patria per le province di Romagna and an honorary member of the Accademia dei Benigni di Bertinoro.
From 2006 to 2009 he was Director of the Architectural Design Department of the University of Florence.
Since 2007 he has served as Chairman of the Centro Associazioni Culturali Fiorentine.
He is currently Director of the Architecture – History and Design Department of the University of Florence.
He is the cultural delegate for the Sezione Provinciale FAI of Florence.
He has written essays on issues of design and architecture history and has spoken at numerous national and international conferences.

Orazio Carpenzano More

Orazio Carpenzano

Professor Faculty of Architecture - University of Rome La Sapienza
Biographical notes
Professor of Design at the School of architecture in Rome. President of the Committee on the development of image, communication and coordination of cultural activities of the School of architecture.
Member of the College of Graduate School Research Professors in Architectural-Theoretical composition of architecture and a member of the Department of Architecture and Design.
In 1990 founded the architecture firm Urbanlab with Alessandra Capuano in Rome.
An architecture firm based in Rome which has always tried to strike a balance between theoretical and experimental design, expressed through projects, competitions, installations and research.
With over twenty years’ experience, the partners, coming from various professional and cultural backgrounds, have developed a multidisciplinary organization able to draw on specific knowledge for both small and large scale projects. In particular, the firm deals with areas related to urban projects, landscaping, integration between new and existing structures, interior design and furnishing.
Participation in competitions, individually, as an associated studio and also in collaboration with other groups, received awards, honors and tributes. Various projects exhibited at the Venice Biennale and in exhibitions in Rome, Barcelona and Delft.
Projects and articles appearing in various publications and national and international magazines.
Consulting activities for the Mission of Technical Structures of the Italian Prime Minister; member of the Technical Advisory Commission on projects for the 150 anniversary of the unification of Italy.
Between 2009 and 2010 oversaw some important projects at the Maddalena G8 Conference, including the Main Conference and Delegate Areas designed by Boeri.
Currently coordinating the preliminary, definitive and operational architectural design, for the Fiumicino transportation distribution hub in Rome.
In addition to conducting urban design research focused mainly on the contemporary interpretation of the city, has also embarked on more complex and unique connections between creative processes and new technologies. Since 2002, has conceived and produced studies such as Physico, Sylvatica, Pycta and Hallalunalalone for ALTROEQUIPE, and is still conducting research based on the interaction between motion, sound, architecture and technologies of motion capture and motion graphics.
From 2000 to 2007 directed the Quasar Institute in Rome (high school and advanced studies in design).
Author of numerous essays on the topics of theories and techniques of architectural design.
Involved in scientific research articulated in two main areas: theoretical research, conducted through the departmental theoretical laboratory and another of design nature conducted through the departmental design laboratory, both of Diar. The first, focused on studies and research, has resulted in publications and conferences and seminars often interdisciplinary in character. The second, mostly experimental, has produced architectural and urban projects especially in the Rome area (textual and contextual reference). Participation in several national and international architecture competitions and as a tutor has coordinated numerous design workshops in Italy and abroad.
Collaborator with several trade magazines. Former editor of the magazine “Capitolium” and of the series “GROMA” and “DAAC”.
Author (along with other publications) of:
5 idee per Pietralata
Workshop di progettazione_Dottorato di Ricerca in Composizione Architettonica Teorie dell'Architettura
Centro Stampa Università, Roma 2007.
MODERNOCONTEMPORANEO written with Ludovico Quaroni
Final edition by Orazio Carpenzano and Fabrizio Toppetti, Gangemi Editore, Roma 2006.
Laboratorio di progettazione 2 - Gangemi Editore, Roma 2004.
Physico. Fusione tra danza e architettura di Carpenzano Orazio, Latour Lucia, Testo & Immagine, Torino 2003.
Lo scambio del limite. Sintesi di una ricerca più ampia, Gangemi Editore, Roma 2003
Porte metropolitane per Roma, Palombi Editore, Roma 2002.
Libere imitazioni, Palombi Roma 1997.
Ore marine, Sala Editore, Pescara 1996.
Idea immagine architettura. Tecniche di invenzione architettonica e composizione, Gangemi Editore, Roma 1993.

Liliana Bazzanella More

Liliana Bazzanella

Professor Turin Polytechnic
Biographical notes
Architect, lecturer in architectural technology and director of the Architectural and Industrial Design department of the Polytechnic of Turin.
During her many years of research and teaching, she has been involved in architectural projects at many levels, frequently as part of multidisciplinary groups. These range from the territorial level of large-scale architecture, the landscape and the built environment through to the smaller-scale level of detail, of the language and art of good building practices. Her main field of activity, often on commission from public authorities, is the redevelopment of the fabric of city suburbs, remediation of abandoned industrial areas, the potential and criticality of urban sprawl, and the architecture of infrastructures as the driver of transformations in living spaces. She has constantly sought to dialogue with other disciplinary areas, and alongside the figures habitually involved in architectural design – structural engineers, physicists, urban planners and evaluators – has sought the contributions of geographers, sociologists and road traffic experts in a relationship that has now been continuing for a decade as part of European and national programmes, and of the world of education through the involvement of numerous artists and lecturers at visual arts academies. She has published books and articles in Italy and abroad.



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Paolo Di Nardo - DNA Associazione Culturale
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