course at University of Miami, Spring semester 2012.
This course explores the powerful emotional contribution of architecture in motion picture communication, comparing Italian and US films. It analyses how architecture and art direction are used to suit our perception and our mood to the development of the story. By watching sequences of famous movies, the course gives students the opportunity to analyze the features of buildings and places: architecture is the stage of our daily life and it affects our emotions in real life as well as on the screen. Part of the course is devoted to the case of Dante Ferretti, the Italian art director who designed sets for both Federico Fellini and Martin Scorsese. Some lessons are dedicated to Cinecittà, the large film studio in Rome, considered the hub of Italian cinema.
“Living culture: the Italian home”
course at the University of Miami, Fall semester 2012.
Since its first configurations, the Italian residential space is expression of a deep and complex relationship between people and life. In the simple domus of the Roman Age, in the sophisticated Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli, or in bright modern apartments, practical needs are linked with reasons that transcend practicality. This course leads students to explore and understand the shapes of space and the design that characterize many residences, conceived by Italian architects in ancient and contemporary times.
“Rome: a history of an un-planned city”
lecture at the School of Architecture of the University of Miami, February 2011
(the same lecture has been given also at the Dante Alighieri Society of Miami)
“The Renaissance palace”
lecture at the School of Architecture of the University of Miami, November 2010.
“Reuse in the architectural history of Rome ”
lecture at the School of Architecture of the University of Miami, May 2010.