Rome: From Pantheon To Maam
3 credits (ARCH-2050-01)
Jan. 9 - Feb. 3: Rome, Italy
Elettra Bordonaro (Faculty, RISD Architecture)
Pantheon is one of the first architectural projects using light as element of architecture. MAAM is a museum of everything but light. Pantheon is one of the historical symbols of Rome. MAAM is the new boundary at the edge of Rome. What is linking these two realities? Like in Einstein's famous image, in this course we will travel riding a beam of light from Rome's historic center to the final frontier of the
eternal city, where tourists normally don't dare to go. Students will explore the connections and disconnections between center and periphery, employing these urban polarities as metaphors of aesthetic and social dichotomies: light and darkness, beauty and ugliness, order and chaos, heritage and urban mayhem. We will explore the centre of Rome in terms of art, light, urban and social layers, through site visits and tours by local guest lecturers, Emanuela Pulvirenti, lighting designer and art teacher, and other guest lecturers. We will understand the importance of daylight and artificial light in architecture, urban planning and painting, discovering the meaning and use of light particularly during the Baroque period. The final goal of the workshop will be to rethink and reconcile these theoretical and space oppositions. This wintersession course will be organized in collaboration with Master in Lighting Design of University La Sapienza in Rome. Up to four of the best students in the program will take part in the wintersession course, to help RISD students connect better to the place and to "real life". Students will work with small groups and each group will be formed by at least one La Sapienza student. This class proposes a new way of teaching to students and connect them to gain deeper understanding of the place they are designing for, giving them new tools of observation and investigation, useful in everyday life to discover a space. The course will close with a final installation by students.
Permission of Instructor required. Open to first year students with approval from the Dean of Experimental and Foundation Studies.
Estimated Travel Cost: $2,500.00 – airfare not included (cost includes: accommodation, field trips, local transportation, group dinners + some meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance).