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elisa ascari//portfolio

TABLE OF CONTENTS //curriculum vitae //samples of projects ///academic works NATURE AND ARTIFICE urban-architecture

SOLAR WAVES construction technologies

BEYOND THE SHEET interior design

///competitions A NEW PARISH CENTRE FOR CIBENO DI CARPI architecture

MILANO STADTKRONE 2030 experimental urban planning

UrbaNU landscape

///master degree’s thesis INHABITING THE THRESHOLD urban planning

PERSONAL INFORMATIONS ELISA ASCARI 12/09/1985 Modena (Italy) italian 179 zhaozhou rd., Shanghai,China

name,surname date and place of birth nationality chinese contacts

+86 15821139141 via Piacenza n.9, Milano,Italy

italian contacts

+39 3356207697


portfolio available on master degree’s thesis available on



to present

urban planning and masterplan design, concept design for architectural competitions DC Alliance, Shanghai (China)

october 2011/ march 2012

intern concept design for architectural competitions, masterplan design Tontsen Design Group, Shanghai (China)

march/april 2010

architect assistant concept design for architectural competitions Numi studio, Milano (Italy)

march/august 2007


architect assistant concept design for architectural competitions Arkè studio, Modena (Italy)

Master Degree in Architecture

march 2008/

focus on architecture and urban planning

april 2011

Politecnico di Milano, Milano (Italy)

Study exchange program “Socrates Erasmus” Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Valladolid, Valladolid

sept 2008/ july 2009


Bachelor Degree in Architecture

oct 2004/

Politecnico di Milano, Milan (Italy)

march 2008

High school degree

sept 1999/

Istituto tecnico per Geometri G.Guarini, Modena (Italy)

june 2004


UrbaNU_10 projects for Nuoro (Italy)


Nuoro (Italy) october 2010

MIAW_Milano International Architecture Workshop Tutor: TallerDe2 / Izaskun Chinchilla

languages Milano (Italy) september 2010

OC_Open City International Summer School Piacenza (Italy)

april 2010

mother tongue








Milano StadtKrone 2030 Milano (Italy)

Windows and Mac operative systems


AutoCad 2D, 3D Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign) Sketch up Rhinoceros ArchiCad Office (Word, Excel, Power Point) Quick learner of new softwares and operative systems Making models: good manual ability and precision

other skills

Graphic, illustration and layout: good informatic skills, creativity and synthesis ability Photography: good knowledge and ability about analogic and digital technics Hand drawing: good skills about sketching / travels // music // art // design // reading //


NATURE AND ARTIFICE a new archi-urban device in Milano (Italy) 2008 _ academic work

The project area, placed in Rho Pero, in the north-west of Milan (Italy) starts from a interpretative lecture of the place in different scales. What emerges is a territory defined by a networks system, natural and artificial, and by a system of elements, closely related to the networks. Parts of these systems rise and evolve in harmony with the natural territory; the watersystem and some of the roads The other parts instead, evolve in disharmony with the territory. Nature and artificiality coexist in this area with a contraddictive relationship. The project for a new archi urban device rise and evolve from the tension between nature and artificiality in the area, taking shape by the meeting between the lines of the urban and agricultural surrounding. The functional program results from sociological analysis of the area and meets the needs noticed, providing cultural, commercial and amusement services.


concept masterplan



concept maquette

exploded axonometric model

longitudinal section

SOLAR WAVES energy efficient housing in Varallo Sesia (Italy) 2010 _ academic work

The buildings, designed by the standards of energy efficiency, are designed for being energy indipendent, reducing consumption and reducing CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. They have a highly efficient shell with walls, floors, surfaces and cover with duble glazed windows with solar control and low-emissive proprieties that ensure the correct thermal and acustic insulation. This includes the installation of a solar thermal system for producing hot water and heating through radiant floor system, fueled bya heat pump system. Attention is also paid to the production of renewable sources of energy, like solar and wind.

sketches for the building orientation

studies for the building orientation

site plan section


housing typologies

ground floor plan

south elevation

south walls section

north walls section


bioclimatic schemes

energy saving material and installations

BEYOND THE SHEET_REVEAL/UNCOVER THE RESTORATION Restoration of Niccolò bell tower in Lecco (Italy) 2010 _ academic work

The project, started from the restoration of the Niccolò Bell tower, aims to show and narrate the story of the tower, from the construction to the restoration, focusing in this last one. The idea is to guide the viewer of the exibition to explore the process of restoration through a site visit within a hypotetical set up inside the base of the bell tower of the church of Niccolò in Lecco. That process it won’t be a ‘experts only’ matter anymore, but it will be finally available to all. The user will be guided in the middle of the bell tower through a sensory journey that simulates vision, sound and touch. There they will see the restoration process through direct vision and complete of the interior of the tower.

concept sketches


section plan

details section

exposition system detail

entrance plan and section

entrance view

A NEW PARISH CENTRE FOR CIBENO (Italy) in collaboration with Studio Arkè


The new church is conceived as a welcoming and aggregation space. The choise is to use an organic and fluid shape, based on ‘golden section’, the symbol of perfect armony ; the configuration relates to the ‘nautilus pompillius’, example in nature of the golden section and of a shelter. The plan model adopted is radial and centralized and has its focus on the presbytery, this system regulate the inner space and structure organization. The altar, the baptismal font and the tabernacle define two axes that relate the ancient latin cross plans. The importance of the tabernacle is underlined by a wide decorated glass wall on the south-east side of the building. In opposition to the fluid and organic shape of the building, the design of outdoor space is mainly regular and orthogonal, influenced moreover by the existing buildings.

concept schemes

ground floor plan

north elevation

east elevation

bird view

cross section


CARAPACE /// MILANO STADTKRONE 2030 a new urban settlement for 25000 people in Milano (Italy) in collaboration with Numi Studio

2010 _ competition

The proposal is one of twelve that offers a conceptual solution for the densification of Milano. The strategy creates a self-sustaining community and one that seeks to integrate programmatically and physically with the existing city. Starting from the need to get a multifunctional settlement, well connected in each inner part and with the outside landscape, we studied a new city, placed along the railways and made by different urban layers, connected by a tight ways network. The result is a ‘monolitic landmark’, hold inside a shell (carapace), oriented to minimize the urban soil depletion.

CARAPACE urban esoskeleton

functional, dimensional and tipologies studies

concept diagrams

functional schemes

longitudinal section

NEW SARDINIAN EQUESTRIAN CENTRE/// UrbaNU a new multi-disciplinary park in Nuoro (Italy) 2011 _ competition

The sardinian territory, in particular Nuoro’s area, is defined by a complex natural ecosystem, which live a large number of vegetal and animal species. The project then, is firstly oriented to safeguard and improve the natural condition of this area, preserving it and including new activities that allow a better use of the place. Today in the area exist a equestrian centre and a large number of crumbling buildings.The project is finalized to transform the equestrian centre in the most important of Sardinia, and include other related functions, like a museum of the sardinian tradition, farm houses and a botanic park. The result is new multidisciplinary park, closely integrated in the landscape.


sardinian equestrian roads

sport centres network

functional schemes

functional scheme

project layers

botanical essences

INHABITING THE THRESHOLD redevelopment and integration of the area between the railway and river Po in Piacenza (Italy) 2011 _ master degree’s thesis Piacenza is located on the edge between Lombardia and Emilia Romagna, in the middle-north of Italy, tangent to the right side of Po river. It’s territory is defined by a complex identity, where the urban and agricultural realities, equally predominant, cohabit in a difficult relationship. The city is located in a strategic position and it is a infrastructural hub, crossed by the railways; the A1 and A22 highways and the historic roads via Emilia and via Francigena. Even so, the city is not well developed, with a lack of services that could allow a economic and demographic growth. Piacenza urban fabric, since the first settlement, kept in tangency with the river. Until then they had never been integrated. Morover, nowadays the railways, located between the city and the river, draw a sharp separation line, bringing to the seclusion of the area included between them. Starting from these problems, the project takes account of the area between the railways and the river, now taken up by a big power plant and the railway yard. The aims is to return this area to the city, stepping over the border defined by the railways with a new thershold infrastructure that can reconnect the city to the area and then the river.

“Sentieri che, sovente ricoperti di erbe, si interrompono improvvisamente nel fitto. [...] Ognuno di essi procede per conto suo, nel medesimo bosco. L’uno sembra l‘altro: ma sembra soltanto� M. Heidegger, Sentieri interrotti, 1968

The project starts from a deep lecture of the place, by the analysis of historical maps. This lecture allowed to identify the urban territory stratification: inside the ancient urban walls the city is structured by a overlap of historical urban layers, due to the closure of the city until the after second world war. Outside the walls the urban territory is structured by a patchwork of different urban fabrics. Inside this different urban fabrics had been recognized the urban layouts that structured them as the main roads, borders, intervals and enclosures that defined thresholds, sequences and matrixs. Due to his compactness the urban fabric is interpreted and syntetized as a volume, then cut by the urban layouts that define the territory.

The urban fabric crosses the railway maintaining the same scale and proportion. Reaching the Po, the grid gradually loses its rigidity, looking for significant views and a more harmonic relation with the landscape.

Important architectural elements are recognized inside the old-established Piacenza’s urban fabric, and are connected by streets, paths and squares, characterized by a certain grid. This grid gradually widens from the roman block dimension to the latest urban fabric ones. The railway represents a limit that isolates the river Po from the city. The insertion of new attractive amenities in the gap area between the railway and the river leads to both physical and visual connections. The gap area is also considered a whole, as well as the city, changing indeed its worthiness, not being defined by buildings, but green landscape, excavated and structured by new paths.


Nearby the limit represented by the railway and the highway, the meeting between the urban fabric and the green system, equivalent and opposite takes place: from one side a urban volume, from the other, a green volume both “excavated” by paths and open spaces (in between-pochè). The strategy consists in the crossing of this limit, not only through a simple connection, but inhabiting the in-between space, with a threshold device: what was at first a limit, now it’s threshold. The urban block is gradually attacked and fragmented by the green system, which becomes itself inhabited space, hosting functions: 1. The device is continuous and homogeneous: a sole volume along the interval; 2. Nearby the old-established urban fabric, the device assumes the same compact settlement of the blocks, and faces the green system of the four parks. 3. The two systems are no longer distinguished, but they gradually merge in a unique one: the park flows in to the urban blocks, letting them lose their original conformation. 4. It occurs the complete crossbreeding of the two systems: urban and green, in a unique system.




cross sections

longitudinal section

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