While visiting the Renaissance, thoughts on architecture today

By Architecture Department | Dec 08, 2014

During his advanced studio trip to Florence, Emeritus Professor Friedrich St. Florian delivered a lecture at the Palazzo Rucellai. Speaking about a return to classicism, which has historically been a response to a period of great experimentation and formal exuberance, and perhaps will form the next phase of our architectural future St. Florian noted that “Perhaps in the digital era…where everything is in the clouds, so to speak, we would like at the end of the day a solid floor, a solid roof, and a solid wall around us because everything else we do is imaginary.”


Photo by M.Arch student Shou Jie Eng


Professor St. Florian gesturing in the nave of San Lorenzo, which is adjacent to the site at the focus of his advanced studio. Photo by Bom Chinburi


Professor St. Florian and students on a bridge across the Arno. Photo by Bom Chinburi


Students and Professor St. Florian during dinner in Florence at ristorante “IL LATINI”


Architecture Professor and EHP Chief Critic Gabriel Feld also traveled to Florence from Rome and sent us the following postcard

My dear colleagues and students,

Yesterday we had a most exciting and intense day in Florence. Some EHP students, Ezio (Genovesi, director of the EHP) and I got there in the morning to meet with Friedrich St Florian (RISD professor emeritus) and his students, who are working on a studio project adjacent to San Lorenzo. We got together at the Convent of San Marco, where we saw Fra Angelico’s frescoes. From there to the Gallery of the Accademia, with its unparalleled collection of Michelangelo marbles, including the David, the Palestrina Pietà and the extraordinary blocks with the unfinished Slaves. In the afternoon we climbed up to San Miniato al Monte. Later on to Alberti’s Palazzo Rucellai, where Friedrich delivered a terrific lecture about the contemporary challenges in architecture. Dinner together afterwards and one last toast, just in time to hop on the train back to Rome.

Such are the unexpected delights of life at RISD’s EHP.

Con amicizia,
Gabriel Feld, November of 2014

NB: Buon Giorno del Ringraziamento!





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