Treads of Maribor: A New Bridge for Drava River Studio Leaders: Elena Manferdini School or Institution: Southern California Institute of Architecture Country: USA Website: www.sciarc.edu www.ateliermanferdini.com 1. Studio Leader Biography Elena Manferdini, In 2004 Elena Manferdini founded Atelier Manferdini, a design office based in Los Angeles, California. She was recently awarded one of the prestigious 2011 annual grants from the United States Artists (USA) in the category of architecture and design, and her Blossom design for Alessi received the Good Design Award for 2011. In 2006 Ms. Manferdini was invited to design the West Coast Pavilion representing USA at the Beijing Biennale in the Chinese Millennium Museum. In 2008 and 2010, she curated the West Coast USA session of the Beijing Biennale exhibition. In addition to leading her design practice, in the past 8 years Elena Manferdini has been teaching architectural design studios and technology seminars for the Graduate and Undergraduate programs at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Currently she is the Coordinator of the Graduate Thesis Program at SCI-Arc. She also holds a Visiting Professorship at Cornell University and Seika University. 2. School SCI-Arc is a centre of innovation and one of the nation’s few independent architecture schools, offering undergraduate and graduate programs. The school is dedicated to educating architects who will imagine and shape the future. Located in a quarter-mile long former freight depot in the intensely urban artist’s district in the heart of Los Angeles, SCI-Arc is distinguished by the vibrant atmosphere of its studios, providing students with a uniquely inspiring environment in which to study Architecture. An integral part of the emerging cultural hub of a city with a tradition of architectural experimentation, the school is devoted to finding radically new responses to the real needs and aspirations of today’s world. 3. Studio description Historically the first complex centralized civilizations began to crystallize along a number of river valleys throughout Europe. Such rivers constituted a pivotal element
in the organization of human economic, political, religious, and social institutions and practices. While once upon a time civilizations were dependent on rivers as a source of development and wealth, nowadays (in a different economic and technological climate) such rivers constitute an element of disjuncture in the transportation system and overall connectivity of a contemporary city. This project imagines how Maribor could develop an artificial urban fabric to reconnect the two areas of the city through a set of bridges and platforms that would span between the opposite river sides of Drava. The new infrastructure would act not only as an element of transversal connection for the city of Maribor but also as a civic park for all its citizens. The project would constitute a landscape where artificial and natural elements would create a new ground for public events. The landscape would be closely related to the river water level that will become again a source of irrigation and visual pleasure for the citizens. The aesthetic sensibility of the project is generated from the existing fabric of the historical buildings and streets that have been the source
for the scripted geometry and chromatic palette of the new infrastructure. Each line of the script depicts the existing colours of Maribor and transforms such urban scale fabric into an overall system of treads woven throughout the city. Team Members Fabio Giuffrida (UniBO) Jinsa Yoon (SCI-Arc) Laura Ferrarell (Atelier Manferdini) Erin Templeton (Texas A&M) TREADS OF MARIBOR: A NEW BRIDGE FOR DRAVA RIVER. Historically the first civilizations began to crystallize along river valleys throughout Europe. Nowadays such rivers constitute an element of disjuncture for a contemporary city. This project imagines how Maribor could develop an artificial urban fabric to reconnect the two areas of the city through a set of bridges and platforms that would span between the opposite river sides of Drava. Projected Start: 2012 Projected End: 2112 Category: Transportation
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