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TRANSFORMERS. FIXED FRAMEWORKS & MOBILE DEVICES FOR THE SEASIDE OF PISA


Design Core Studio, first year undergraduate
School of Engineering, Program in Architectural Design, University of Pisa, Fall 2017-Spring 2018


At a first stage of the design process, groups of students are asked to redevelop an existing camping site, located on the coastline of the city of Pisa, in Tuscany. It should be equipped with mobile seasonal homes, together with buildings for all year long activities, as a ballroom, an indoor pool, a restaurant, a café, and a series of boxes for commercial activities. While during the summer the site is used as a touristic village, during the winter months it can be used as a playground with leisure and sport facilities, and it can be able to accommodate fairs and events. The masterplan could be related with some of the key figures of the area, such as the port of Livorno, the Ex Colonia Marina Rosa Maltoni Mussolini in Calambrone and the US military base of Camp Darby. In a second phase of the design process, each student is invited to deepen his/her own project for a temporary housing. The main requirements are extensibility, adaptability, removability, combinability. The design references are multiple: from the machine à habiter to the shelter, from the roulotte to the houseboat, from the emergency architecture to the projects for space stations. The design can be influenced from the local figures of this part of Pisa overlooking the sea: from the vernacular trabucchi to the lighthouses, from the palafitte to the fishermen villages.





Instructors: arch. Lina Malfona, ing. Lucia Giorgetti; teaching assistant: arch. Sandro Giannasca

Students (as shown):
Alessia Marcucci
Caterina Caffarri
Lorenzo Cintoli
Marius Hurjui
Miriam Siracusa
Sara Stillavato
Serena Bertolini
Simone Boccaccio



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