Interior Design in Italy:
Florence & Venice
May 18 - June 1
3 studio credits
Course number: IPD-3576-A
FACULTY: STUART MAGER, ASID; ELISABETH MARTIN, AIA
Experience and study Italian Renaissance architecture and design, gain an in-depth understanding of their concepts and sensibilities, and explore how these concepts can be reinterpreted and applied to contemporary design today. Participants will explore how to use their study of history as an inspiration for their own design strategies. This workshop will visit both historic sites and modern structures and students will sketch them, analyze them, and evaluate how time-tested principles from the past have inspired modern design in those cities. Italian history becomes a generator for modern forms. We will examine how historic sites have been preserved (and sometimes transformed with modern uses), and remain a vital part of the contemporary Italian city.
Each day we will visit Renaissance and other important historic sites and significant modern examples. Visits will include museums and galleries, public and religious buildings, palaces and hotels, as well as parks and public squares. Participants will study and analyze the concepts developed during the historic periods and record their features and innovations in sketch form and annotated sketch notes. This sketch notebook will be an important product of the course.
Several mornings and afternoons will be spent in the studio, with discussions on what has been seen, and studio time to work on individual design projects. Participants will use hand-drawing skills (not computer drawing) in a variety of mediums to prepare freehand and perspective sketches as well as scale plan drawings.
Prerequisite: Participants must have completed at least one year of college-level study.
Note: Applicants should submit an application that includes description (250 words) that describes what they seek to gain from the course and a portfolio that includes drawing samples and, if possible, prior design projects.
Tuition includes: Accommodations, daily continental breakfast, welcome and farewell dinners, admission to sites and train from Venice to Florence.
For further information contact Eduardo Lytton, Program Coordinator
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: 212.592.2523