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Hi! My name is Fernanda, 21 years old and I am a study abroad student here in The University of Melbourne for this semester. I was born in Brazil, and live in a city called Sao Luis in the northeast region. Currently I am in my last year of the Architecture course. The reason I came to Australia - Melbourne was to discover how the cities, people and culture work in here. I really enjoy visiting new places, getting to know different cultures, and as far as my conditions can lead me, try to experience real life in new environments. In Brazil I have worked with several softwares, such as AutoCad, Revit, Adobe Photoshop and Corel Draw, that helped me to develop projects and improve my habilities to present them. In order to create 3D models, I mostly use Google SketchUp associated to Vray plugin. Rhino will be a new experience for me, and I am really glad to have the opportunity to learn and work with it. I believe it is a powerful tool and in the architectural world can be very helpful in the creative process. What I think it will be the most interesting thing for me in the subject it is the opportunity to practice things there I was introduced before just in theoretical manners, as well as see the opinion that other people from this course have about the new possibilities that technology has to offer to us.

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Previous Experience

Architecture has allowed me to experience things that I have never imagined it would be possible for me in this stage of my life, study in this university at this moment is one of them. During the 5th semester of the course I started to work as an intern in some architecture offices, and have stopped just before come here. In the offices that I have been I had opportunities to work with interior design and development of architectural projects of different typologies. I also had the opportunity to be part of an international workshop, called Equinox, during three editions, one of them I went to Paris – France, to work with the students of the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée and develop a project for a city called Mont-de-Marsan. In the most recent edition of this workshop I worked as tutor, aiding the groups – formed by people of three different nationalities, to develop projects for the city of Sao Luis. As a future architect I face all the experiences that life can put me through as an opportunity to learn about different environments, cultures, cities, countries, etc. The world and what it has to offer is the most valuable source of knowledge for the type of professional that I want to be.


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Architecture as a discourse

“Above all, architecture ought to be seen as discourse. Buildings as material facts are small part of the overall field of architecture, a field which is better regarded as a network of practices and debates about the built environment.� WILLIAMS, Richard (2005). 'Architecture and Visual Culture', in Exploring Visual Culture: Definitions, Concepts, Contexts, ed. by Matthew Rampley (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press), p. 115

Some days before I wrote this text I was talking to a friend of mine about future plans and some things that we might do in the next years. I was telling him that I will do whatever it takes to go to New York and spend at least a month in there, his reaction was not that positive about this wish of mine. He started to question me why would I want to go there, if the city was made basically of traffic and inconvenient skyscrapers, I decided not to argue about my position, instead of it I just said it would be nice for my career and that in New York there is a whole lot more to experience behind skyscrapers and crazy traffic. Architecture is more. In the common sense people think about architecture and usually think about nice building, houses. Unfortunately most of them cannot see what is behind those single elements that they see. Many cities around the world, even if destitute of projects of renowned architects, have their own architectural experience working as network and involving many elements of the urban space.

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A single skyscraper when inserted in determined urban environment can lead to different outcomes. It happens because the city is made of different elements, each one of them with its different meanings, different aims, working in this network that defines the urban space. Architecture and its product has to be seen in a context, independent of the way that it is thought, as a form of art, as a symbolic realm, or as spatial experience. The person that think about architecture has to be open-minded and think about it as an important element with a huge power of interaction. Power because the modifications caused by the product of architecture can revolution determined space, society, city, or country. Imagine Paris without the Eiffel Tower. Even the crazy traffic in New York, the yellow cabs all around, are part of the city network, and above all, are part of its identity. The world is not made of single positive elements, the interaction between all of them generates the networks life. And it is this life that surrounds architecture and its product in society.


The City of Arts and Science

Here is one example of a project that had a great impact in the logical dynamic of a city. Valencia (Spain) itself is an amazing place, however the insertion of this project in its context turned the city into a much more interesting space, as well as renovated a degraded part of it. The City of Arts and Science designed by Santiago Calatrava and Felix Candelas was inaugurated in 1998 and finished in 2005, corresponds to a big complex formed by four main buildings - L' Hemisferic, EL Museu de les Ciencies Principe Felipe, L'Oceanografic and the Palau de las Arts Reina Sofia. In additional to the fabulousness of the buildings and its different shapes, the complex has an amazing landscape project that turns the master pieces even more extraordinary. The way Santiago Calatrava works with the shapes, curves and the structural elements is unique, it defines his personality as an architects and in all his projects it is possible to notice the interaction between the desired shape and the structural elements in an harmonically way. Although Santiago Calatrava is the architect that receives most credit for this project, the presence of Felix Candelas and his way of thinking can be noticed in the works of Calatrava, as well as his influence in his way of design.



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Department of Islamic Art

Another example of contemporary architecture that has been very well accepted and has a great significance for what it represents in the global world is the new Department of Islamic Art in the Louvre Museum. It was designed by the Italian architect Mario Bellini and his French colleague Rudy Ricciotti, inaugurated in 2012. The roof is the highlight of their creation, it represents an undulating golden blanket. The contrast between the new architecture and the surroundings of neoclassical facades turns the space into an extraordinary environment where the old and new coexist.

As well as the project of the City of Arts and Science the new Department of Islamic art has unique shapes that ally the use of technology, materials, and structure to generate the final outcome that differ from some other examples of architecture around the world. Even being from different times, with those projects we can easily notice how great an architect`s mind can be when using the interaction between design, technology and structural knowledge.


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