AIA Northern Virginia
Carlo Scarpa and Ceiling Design: The Querini Stampalia in Venice
April 21

At Virginia Tech’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC), 1001 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Presented by Federica Goffi, Associate Professor, Architetto (Italy), PhD, Associate Director Graduate Programs, Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, Carleton University.

Offered as the Keynote Address for the Frascari Symposium III, April 21-22.

This talk will address Carlo Scarpa’s way of working within existing edifices through ambiguous poetic conversions in terms of material imagination and the condition of listening in dialogue with craftsmanship. In addition, the talk will consider Luigi Nono’s La Fabbrica Illuminata, 1964, a steel factory in Genoa, where Nono recorded live sounds of the metallurgic production to which workers were exposed, to amplify the conditions of work exploitation in industrial factories.

• Participants will examine Carlo Scarpa’s creative process to discover the idea of resounding ceilings that “circumflect” (bend in a curve) light and sound to create enveloping atmospheres.

• Participants will consider motion and emotion through kinetic aspects of design that transfer from drawing to architecture.

• Participants will consider the concept of appreciation of architecture through traction and distraction, producing a sense of belonging, through both spatial and cultural immersion in buildings.

• Participants will examine Luigi Nono’s studies of ceilings relating to the absence of light and the notion of negative sounds in space as it relates to worker safety in industrial factories.

1.5 LUs. Free to attend. Sponsored by AIA Northern Virginia. Information and registration is available here.