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Federica Di Vincenzo

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I'm an architect, but sometimes i want to forget about it and concentrate on... architecture!

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Birth date 22/03/1980
Job architect
Type Creative
School phd course
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    Bathrooms and surroundings

    November, 6 2013 • 10:00

    Back from a weekend spent in one of the oldest and most popular hotels in Italy, the Sextantio in Santo Stefano di Sessanio in Aquila province, I felt the need to make a few considerations on the modern concept of the bathroom, perhaps today considered to be one of the most welcoming and comfortable spaces in the house, resembling the living room or bedroom.         Today we spend so much more time in the bathroom, and for this reason the amount of house space devoted to it has not diminished, while the materials used are the result of continuous research to find new technologies and new designs.          The bathroom often mirrors the culture of a population: country you go to, customs/bathrooms you find! The use of a bidet is prerogative of the Italian culture, as well as placing the toilet inside the bathroom rather than in a separate room.         Back to my personal experience, what struck me, and partly annoyed me, is the latest fashion arrived Italy of “dematerialising” the bathroom area to the point of almost completely eliminating the acoustic, olfactory and visual barriers, favouring the current trend developing on the other side of the Alps which seems to influence our Italian culture on various fronts. Indeed, in the Sextantio, a hotel that has just been restructured to replicate rural life of the 1900 in the villages on the mountains of Abruzzo, the toilet and bathroom are often included in the intimacy of the bedroom, surpassing the line that ensures some privacy for even the most close-knit couples. And perhaps it is no coincidence that the creator of the Sextantio, Daniel Kihlgreen, is of Swedish origin…     Sextantio Hotel     Sextantio Hotel     Anyway, it was fun to meet in the public areas of the hotel the poor guests like me, waiting to go back to their rooms for their turn to use the bathroom!     Images from Europa Concorsi.

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    Badisschool de Bron

    September, 23 2013 • 10:00

    No doubt the geographical position of Belgium has influenced the making of architecture, and indeed the weather is not the only influencing factor in their production of stylistic design. The proximity of France and the Netherlands, traditionally prominent in the cultural and architectural panorama, has in part brought a state of vagueness and drowsiness over the years.         But this is only partially true when you consider the revolution that began in modern times and that is still underway in our contemporary era. Examples of interesting architecture can be found in this country that cater for the most current social issues.         The school built in Saint Gilles by Lens°Ass architecten is a building with two facades: it is indeed built on two plots of land but manages to keep the rhythm unchanged through a marked stylistic solution. Another element that facilitates the seamless integration with the surrounding area is the vertical windows and external volumes. The only symbolical concession is given by the floral motifs reproduced on the parapets of the windows: the stylised leaves, in fact, allude to growth and transformation.         “The architecture is meant to be compact and space-saving in order to create as much open space as possible. The playground invites active playing. “    Compared to what the authors claim, the only question is: how can such an “educated” space stimulate the joy and creativity of a child?         Foto©: Philippe van Gelooven

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    Corte San Pietro in Matera

    July, 10 2013 • 10:00

    “The German word Erfahrung, meaning experience, comes from the old German word Irfaran: travelling, going out, crossing, roaming. The deeply rooted idea that a journey is an experience that tests and refines the character of the traveller is clear in the German adjective Bewandert, which today means wise or expert, but which originally (in the books from 15th century) simply meant those who had travelled a lot” (Erich J. Leed, The Mind of the Traveler, 1991).          Travelling therefore signifies experiencing distant cultures but also, and perhaps above all, one’s own. And what place more than Matera could help us to immerse ourselves in the rural tradition of the Italian people, through the wonders of an extraordinary settlement, like that of Sassi, consolidated over the centuries?         The Sassi of Matera represents an important place: inhabited since the Palaeolithic period, they have seen multiple settlements firstly from the Eastern regions and then from the Norman-Swabia area. After living an urban expansion in the Renaissance age and a restructuring during the Baroque period, it falls into a social and hygienic degradation in the 19th century and the forced displacement of the population in the 1950s, to arrive at today’s current status of recovery, which began in 1986.         Today, the Sassi are part of the World Heritage Sites and are living a revival thanks to the renewed cultural and touristic interest that evolves around them. This has led to a recovery of the housing market based on the resources of the region and through the strengthening of the tourist attractions.         One of the latest building examples in the Sassi is the work of architect Daniela Amoroso for the accommodation structure called Corte San Pietro. Chosen for her ability to model the calcareous material respecting the traditional methods, one is fascinated by the use of colours, the white and ochre that decline in many shades on the furniture and fabrics, to the choice of the complementary materials and ability to give shape to a warm environment and a strong conceptual identity.               Photographer: Piero Mario Ruggeri  

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    Fast Track by Salto Architects

    April, 15 2013 • 10:00

    The author says:   “Fast track” is an integral part of park infrastructure, it is a road and an installation at the same time. It challenges the concept of infrastructure that only focuses on technical and functional aspects and tends to be ignorant to its surroundings. “Fast track” is an attempt to create intelligent infrastructure that is emotional and corresponds to the local context. It gives the user a different experience of moving and perceiving the environment. (Salto Architects)   I don’t really understand what this means. I think in fact, that this infrastructure doesn’t correspond to the local context. But… I really think it is one of the most brilliant, successful and funny project I’ve ever seen! I’d like to be the author! I love it!             Credits Nikola-Lenivets, Russian Federation Fast Track   Designer SALTO ARCHITECTS     Photographer: Karli Luik, Nikita Shohov,  Andrej Yagubskij via

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    Urban Revitalization Superkilen

    April, 11 2013 • 10:00

    If you think about the combination of bicycle-urban space, you say Copenhagen! If you think about how floor design can become an architectural project, you say Topotek 1!       The result is obvious: a fun and exciting mile and a half of urban cycle path through the heart of what is the most cosmopolitan and ethnically diverse city in Denmark. Superkilen is its name.     Nørrebro is a neighborhood of the capital city where you can find space for a project about, first of all, sociality and racial integration, in response to the violence generated by the coexistence of a multitude of races from around the world.     The architecture of Topotek 1 and BIG together with the art of Superflex, raises the challenge of intolerance with an open invitation to share space, traditions and culture. This is possible thanks to the installation, along the entire path, of a number of objects, games and sculptures strongly representative of the ethnicities in Superkilen: each of the 57 ethnic communities of Nørrebro must be represented by at least one object in the park.     As the authors explain, "Ranging from exercise gear from muscle beach LA to sewage drains from Israel, palm trees from China and neon signs from Qatar and Russia. Each object is Accompanied by a small stainless plate inlaid in the ground describing the object, what it is and where it is from - in Danish and in the language (s) of its origin. "   This wonderful project fully reflects the nature of the city and generates an amazing open air exhibition of global diversity in an urban scale. Enjoy it!     Credits Copenhagen Denmark Urban Revitalization Superkilen     Designers TOPOTEK 1, BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, Superflex       Photographer   Hanns Joosten, Iwan Baan via 

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    From Sketches to Projects

    March, 12 2013 • 10:00

    "The architect’s eye” is the title of the historical 68th edition of the architectural magazine “Lotus”, published in 1991. The entire publication is a celebration of the beauty of architectural drawings, in its most primitive and at the same time passionate form: the sketch.    Le Corbusier. Pecicle, Northern wall     As travel notes or simply as a practice exercise, the sketch is commonly performed with charcoal (but also the with first thing found in a pocket at the precise moment that you have the need to crystallize with a mark what is unexpectedly imposed on the sight) and then collected on the pages of a notebook. They are the key to understand the most important works of the past century, revealing to all the intimacy of architectural thought.   Alvar Aalto. Morocco, encountering someone, 1951      Why is it important to write about a technique that has been almost completely superseded by photography or computer aided design packages? Well, it is all about going beyond the technique and learning how to use the sketch as an outlet for the designer’s creativity and as an instrument to control the first rush in project planning.   Alvar Aalto. Delfi, Theatre      To remember the work of Le Corbusier, Aalto, Hejduk, Asplund, Kahn, Krier, Sottsass, Siza, Rossi and others through their "drawings of daily reflection," helps us all, architects and designers, not to ever forget how important it is to know how to draw ... with a simple pencil.   Aldo Rossi. Composition with Novara Dome and Modena Cemetery      Le Corbusier. Pecicle, Library      Gunnar Asplund. Siracusa, San Giovanni stair   

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