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architecture portfolio

mario genovesi Milan, 17th January 1987 Amsterdam | The Netherlands

objects | black on green milan | italy 2011

drawing untimely

pictures, tho that are eith morning after they're the u

g on water meditations

oughts, objects that only last for a moment. her too true, too overwhelming, too silly or too perverse to make it to the r. utmost representation of human unwillingness to act.

in a perfect place sydney | australia 2011

urban bubbles barcelona | spain 2011

enjoying pavia | italy 2010

details in the fabric tbilisi | georgia 2012

queen of cauca mestia | georg 2012

when I look back on my life, it's not that I don't want to see things exactly as they happened, it's just that I prefer to remember them in an artistic way. and truthfully the lie of all is much more honest because, I invented it.


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you blue coimbra | portugal 2012

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here was university (I)


university isn't real life. it's like an educational safety net, in the end orks fine. learn how to learn and you are told to learn from your mistakes. s assumption, here's a collection of mistakes.

architectural design university building | pavia, it 2008 the analysis of the urban context acknowledges a distortion of the roman urban fabric happening in correspondence to the project area. the design enhances this suspension, turning it into a public fracture, a morphological buffer able to insert a new seam within the urban fabric.

urban strategy

program sections

schematic elevation

site plan

architectural design urban re-design of ex-armoury | pavia, 2009 the project addresses the theme of building within the built environment, giving meaning to an area suspended between urban, suburban and rural. defining a general morphology based on environmental fluctuations and architectural presences, the area aims at becoming a text within the city, a viral insertion intensifying the urban experience. [the images are abstracts from the book "ICC projects 2009/2010" by Prof. Carlo Berizzi, with which I collaborated for the graphic design, book editing, and publication].

the character of the area. They are regarded as part of a geometrical pattern expanding throughout the area and defining new dispositions. The infrastructural system, especially the railway, establishes a series of tensions, force lines and disturbing axes. The existing natural landscape, consisting in the water system of Ticino and Navigliaccio and on-site vegetation, provides a topographical deformation: floodable soils and marshes participate in the specificity of the site and those situations eventually states the need for a variable relationship with the natural soil. The superimposition of the defined layers causes instability and creates a configuration of enabled fields, activated by actions of fragmentation, intensification, spreading and mediation. As a result an hybrid topography rules the design of the area, posing the void space as generator through the creation of a new order elastic and flexible, of mediation between the big scale and the minor pattern.

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“Against the aspiration to totalize the multitude of human discourses into a single system”

Gianni Vattimo

The conceptual proposal arises from the idea that architectural and urban renewal might be starting from signs, identities and hidden potentials of the area. The specific analysis of the main features of the area, such as existing architectural landscape, infrastructural system and existing natural landscape, is filtered through a layering procedure up to the definition of a physical masterplan. These three defined layers obey to their own internal rule and their superimposition determines the strategy for the architectural definition. The existing architecture is characterized by some main buildings showing a certain identity in the definition of

“New urbanism will no longer be concerned with the arrangement of more or less permanent objects but with the irrigation of the territories with potential; it will no longer aim for stable configurations but for the creations of enabling fields that accommodate processes that refuse to be crystallized into definitive form; it will no longer be about meticulous definitions, the imposition of limits, but about expanding notions, denying boundaries, not about separating and identifying entities but about discovering unnameable hybrids; it will no longer be obsessed with the city but with the manipulation of infrastructure for endless intensifications, shortcuts and redistributions – the reinvention of a psychological space” [OMA, Rem Koolhaas, Bruce Mau_ S, M, L, XL (1995)]


“A city is a living organism, a work-in-progress, an impasto of forms made by successive waves of habitation. One should continue to choose to do only projects which offer hope of a complex, integrated, contradictory and meaningful future” [Thom Mayne_ Morphosis: connected isolation (1993)]

scape is regarded as a flexible configuration of living spaces, subject to growth and change according to a natural pattern. The historical town is characterised by rigidly shaped blocks, defining the strong and fixed system of the Roman grid. The solid shape strictly defines the impossibility of an actual growth, although it is significant to point out that small scale complexity brings to big scale uniformity. The suburbs are mainly monofunctional housing districts, with a strong lack of identity and public space. The low occupation of the soil gives the possibility of growing, but the rule of developing is not usually meant to produce meaningful urban spaces, yet causes a general and psychotic urban sprawl. The synthesis of those considerations nourished an urban idea: the conceptual proposal is for a fluid city, capable of a biological and evolving metabolism and defining a topological concept of the space as programmatic instability.

The context analysis focuses on a territorial overview considering a range of three different situations, relating both physically and conceptually to the area. The agricultural landscape presents the typical morphology of juxtaposed fields, each one responding to a specific and internal natural rule. For the agricultural landscape, as it comes to the space, it is possible to define a tiny percentage occupied by buildings (“actual space”) and a large majority of void space (“potential space”): this ratio between solid and void can be read in the necessity of architecture of being nothing more than a built serving space, whereas the field itself is the main and actual living space. Pointing out its wide possibility of change in content and shape, the agricultural land-

The hybrid building reflects the hierarchy of the masterplan: the fixed structure becomes a virgin field for the development of an articulated program, including multi-typed housing, offices and ateliers, retail spaces for commerce and collective spaces. The ramp, providing a broad range of interactions, creates unpredictable situations as each program is aware of his coexistence with the others. As regards the language, the character of the building reflects its true nature, a box containing different spaces and uses: each is connoted as unique on the facade, which by the way keeps a ruling order given by the structure.


urban design settlement on chong ming island | shanghai, prc 2010 the urban proposal is stimulated by the chinese trend to build new towns strongly connected to big cities. the design themes are driven by the research of an urban fabric able to relate to the agricultural context. interaction of programs, morphological variety and a wide-spread landscape infrastructure define the main focus of the project, set on the chinese concepts of land division and fleeting distinction between public and private. pattern definition

conceptual layers

two big poles define the large scale link, through the infrastructure and the ecosystem, with the Shanghai regional area

urban pattern is oriented towards the human scale, where communities are formed around public, green space, according to slow mobility cultural references | public & private, work unit, urban villages



transportation system

environmental system

program layout

urban design settlement on chong ming island | shanghai, prc 2010 the international design seminar in shanghai dealt with the possibility of installing a new town according to an ecological settlement model. in a rather ironical way, the project experiments with the underground as main settlement system and deals with the themes of spatial perception and sense of place in such a peculiar condition.

general settlement plan




masterplans | underground and above

structural mechanics footbridge on the suzhou creek | shangh 2010 the design for a footbridge on the suzhou creek in shanghai raises the issue of the urban experience at a pedestrian speed within the chinese metropolis. strategically located along the huang pu river and connected to the bund, the bridge is conceptually designed around the theme of the double, both interpreting the chinese traditional culture of polarity and balance and the contemporary chinese experience of dynamism and contraddiction.

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landscape design ticino waterfront urban park | pavia, it 2011 the project aims at interpreting the contradictory and complex situation suggesting the definition of an urban park, where different elements and morphologies could interact. the main focus is posed upon the boundaries, a common theme that unifies the different systems: limits become the reference elements for the design, specific inhabitable spaces. the overall concept is the reinterpretation of the historical gated garden (hortus conclusus), read in a contemporary way as a pole able to amplify and create density between artificial and natural elements, at urban and territorial scale.

military housing religious service minor




road pedestrian



living the limits

breaking the limits



context analysis

strategy crossing the limits


architectural traces

viral nature


natural landscape

masterplan | general view


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section #3

conceptual scheme

greenery system

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plan | view from river


section #2

building technology mixed-use building | pavia, it 2011

the projects focuses on the programmatic, technical and constructive aspects connected to mixed-use buildings and flexible spaces. the spatial arrangement challenges the definition of public and private, allowing for an articulate range of spatial experiences, adjustable over time.

time|program variability

program layout

east facade

potential space layout


long section across courtyard

south facade

cross section

cross section

ground floor plan

housing units diagram

housing units configuration

third floor plan

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sin city as analogous city for the contemporary urban condition. and its categories

the analogous city | a psychogeography

production & the city


d'etat | hybrids |chimeras

curriculum vitae education 12 Shuoshi Master of Architecture Tongji University of Shanghai, China 06|12 Master Degree in Building Engineering and Architecture, Italian-Chinese Curriculum Universita' degli Studi di Pavia, Italy 06|11 Ordinary Courses Student, Academic Class of Sciences and Technologies IUSS, Institute for Advanced Studies, Pavia, Italy 06|11 Student with merit-based scholarship at Almo Collegio Borromeo, Pavia 01|06 Senior High School Student specializing in humanities and science Liceo Scientifico V. Bachelet, Abbiategrasso (Milan), Italy

experience 12

Call for Papers | Icon Studio Issue 03 | OnLine Magazine


Teaching Tutor | Course on Architecture and Architectural Composition 2 (III year) Universita' degli Studi di Pavia, Italy


Teaching Tutor | Course on Theory and Techniques for Architectural Design (I year) Universita' degli Studi di Pavia, Italy


XV International Design Seminar "Green Urban Design in Eco-Island" | Shanghai Universita' degli Studi di Pavia | Tonji University of Shanghai | IUSS, Institute for Advanced Studies


Exhibition set-up and organization in Pavia Ponteggiando _ Bridging 1999|2009 (in collaboration with IUAV Venice)


Graphical Editing and Text Revision Book: Carlo Berizzi, ICC projects 2009_2010, Maggioli Editore

mario genovesi Milan, 17th January 1987 Orteliusstraat 214 hs 1056 PG Amsterdam | The Netherlands NL | +31629843607 IT | +393334658595

skills and competences Conceptual, technical and constructive features of projects in the field of architectural design, urban and regional design and planning, landscape design and interior design Theoretical and technical knowledge regarding structural design and computation, technical physics (thermodynamics, acoustics, lighting), hydraulics and geotechnical engineering Research and critique on architecture, with special focus on its relations with art history, philosophy, sociology, fashion and visual culture Hand drawing, sketching, graphic design, magazine and book editing, photography and photo editing, model building Advanced software knowledge of AutoCad, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Rhinoceros, Vray, Strauss, MS Office applications (Word, Power Point, Excel) Basic software knowledge of Archicad, 3ds Max, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere Pro Strong motivation in joining multicultural and heterogeneous brainstorming and working groups, ability to both deal with indipendent assingments and collaborative teamwork Italian mother language, fluent in English and French

Portfolio Architecture | October 2012  
Portfolio Architecture | October 2012  

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