Join Dan Klyn and Andrea Resmini in a FULL DAY architecture walk through thousands of years and hundreds of instances of architecture in urban Genoa. We’ll activate all of our senses (and some of our critical faculties) as we consider contrasting examples of what “good” means and has meant through the centuries as represented in the places that people inhabit, and in the structures that enclose and support the stuff that people do. At intervals, we’ll be reading the structures along the route as texts: reverse-engineering what the builders’ and sponsors’ intent may have been from our perceptions of the spaces and structures they made. We’ll also consider architectures of information that are co-present in these architectures of stone, brick, and steel and ask: what are the traces of the flow of information through these environments? In addition to the devices we carry, how does the built environment support the storage and delivery of information and meaning?
As part of asking questions such as these, we’ll get hands-on with analytical tools from the work of contemporary architects, and learn together how much or little assistance they provide us toward the answers we seek. In particular, we’ll apply theoretical frameworks from Venturi & Scott Brown, Christopher Alexander, Kevin Lynch and Christian Norberg-Schulz, with the purpose of increasing our understanding of architectures of all kinds, both physical and digital. We’ll end with an exploration of what David Benyon calls “blended space” and Resmini’s work with Benyon to describe the design of cross-channel ecosystems.