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Object: prototype of a dry construction building. Place: designed to be placed everywhere. Tot area: 70 m2 Years: 2014-2015


Object: prototype of a dry construction building. Place: designed to be placed everywhere. Tot area: 70 m2

ORIGAMI ABOUT HOUSE ME Years: 2014-2015 Curious, cheerful, strong, problem solver, creative, determined, resilient, leader, manager, passionate, flexible, reliable, careful, sensitive, friendly.

ACCADEMIC FORMATION Nov 2017 - Feb 2018 2011 - Mar 2017


2010 - 2011

MARTINA Curriculum Vitae

2006 - 2010








Apr - Sept 2017

2012 - present








Oct 2015

: PERSONAL SKILLS Urban Sketching

Model Making


WORKSHOPS Bar Exam: passed . I’m a licensed architect!

July 2016

“Mapping the transformation for the competitiveness of a territorial system” - ASP (High Politecnic School) in Sestriere, Italy. Decision Making in Urban Transformation (Economy, Society, Policy), organized by Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino. Lectures were made by Albena Yaneva University of Manchester and Stephen Coticoni BNP Paribas Real Estate Property Development Italy S.p.A and Polimi and Polito Professors.

May 2016 “winner project”

Eme (Energy, Mobility, Ecology) Workshop and Competition “Ragusa Seascape_Urban Design” in Acate, Catania, organized by Prof. Maurizio Spina, Faculty of Architecture, University of Catania; Ing. Di Natale, Faculty of Civil Ingeneering,Universy of Ragusa; in collaboration whith UNIRC and University of Messina.

April 2013

“Rap 2.0, Attempt to rappresent a Sicilian place, Urban sketching and Photography” Workshop in Alì, Sicily. Organized by Prof. Sebastiano Nucifora from University of studies Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria, Claudio Patanè (freelance urban sketcher) and Chiara Scali (photographer).

University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria_D’ArTe Department. Master in Architecture UE, LM_4 (110 /110 and honours). Master Thesis in “Recycle and reuse of abandoned industrial areas”. University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria_Faculty of Architecture. Degree course in Building Construction, Management, Security and Enviroment, Class L-23. Scientific High School “PIETRO MAZZONE”, ROCCELLA J, (RC)

Internship post lauream at Next Architects, Paul van Vlissingenstraat 2-A, 1096 BK Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Work cooperation at MDA& PARTNERS SRL (MAURIZIODIANOARCHITETTI& PARTNERS SRL), 191, C.SO DELLA REPUBBLICA, 89040 MONASTERACE (RC) (Italy) Bio-Architecture - Consulting & commercial engineering.

PUBBLICATIONS Participatory planning for the community of Siderno and Gioiosa Marina (RC) in collaboration with the Thesis Atelier “Re-cycle .Planning the reuse of abbandoned buildings and areas” . Attendance of the Open Day temporary exhibition at University Mediterranea Of Reggio Calabria_D’ArTe Department, as commentator of my project “Origami House” .

2016 (urban sketches)

Renato Laganà. (2016) Safety and health management in contemporary building sites, Reggio Calabria, 147-149.

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Origami House HMM_Heartquake Memorial HMM Lounge Bar & Library Immigrant’s House Mediterranea’s Dormitory M.A.C. Ragusa Waterfront Knights of Malta Castle Red Line (Landscape) Master Thesis “Re-cycle”



Master Thesis photos.



Small selection of drawings.



Object: prototype of a dry construction building. Place: designed to be placed everywhere. Tot area: 70 m2 Years: 2014-2015

The Origami House is a project designed for an academic simulation that followed the rules of the international contest “Solar Decathlon” (“Design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive”). The design comes from the origami technique. The structural weaving follows the origami folding lines on which the static frame schema , connected through steel links and male-female hinges, is based. Every connection has been designed in all its features according to the different angles of the beams. Every component of the building can be removed. That makes the value of the building even more sustainable because materials can be easily re-used or changed during its lifetime, allowing a smarter maintenance.

Selected for exhibition

As already said, the building is self -efficient as it takes all the energy it needs from renewable sources (solar panels on the roof ). It can be placed everywhere because its sustenance depends on its inner features and not from the outside climate conditions.



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Object: a new icon and a new public space. Place: Messina, Sicily. Years: 2014-2015

The project is part of a bigger and complicated plan system like Messina Waterfront. Recurrent earthquakes has always destroyed the Messina so called “Palazzata” which characterized the waterfront. In particular, the 1908 earthquake destroyed the whole cities of Messina and Reggio Calabria leaving a deep wound in their history. Many times the “Palazzata” was rebuilt and nowadays it is again a very important icon. The area, in which the museum should stand, is placed at the far end of the coastline and it faces directly the port. The aim of the project is to keep a strong link with the Palazzata’s front line and give a characterizing role to the main facade overlooking the sea. It is organized in four parallelepiped blocks of different heights reminding of the ground shaped by the earthquake tectonic movement. A big court, rising from the ground, is the result of the blocks layout, while a public square placed on a different level from the street, hosts the visitors coming from the sea as well as Messina citizens.



Object: internal Design and Illuminating engeneering project. Place: backside of the Heartquake Memorial Museum. Years: 2014-201

The project is about the internal design of a Library, a Lounge Bar, a Reading area and a Bookshop in the back side of the Earthquake Memorial Museum. Besides, the assignment consisted in calculating the right level of illumination according to the regulations, making use of illumination engineering programs.



Object: prototype of a two-family house. Place: Lampedusa island, Sicily. Tot area: 80 m2 Years: 2014-2015

The task of the course was to design the prototype of a two-family house for the hundreds of immigrants arriving every day on the beautiful island of Lampedusa, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. It’s the part of Italy closer to Africa, that’s why they choose it to escape from their countries. The project had a few principles to respect: the house had to be two stories high and one of them had to be embedded into the rock, it had to face the sea on the private spaces while its access was located on the inner side and it had to be in common between the two families. In my vision the houses have the shape of two big white rocks with a square shaped heart closed into a bigger box. The bigger size of the roofs stops the direct action of the sunshine, considering that temperatures in Lampedusa are quite high and the houses need to be protected with a solar shielding. Moreover, a little private outside space frames the sea-view and let people rest safe from the sun thanks to little slots on the top, creating a nice lighting game on the walls.

indicative scenario for the placement of the houses.



Object: University Mediterranea of Reggio Calabria brand new students Dormitory. Place: Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy. N° student: 100 Years: 2015 - 2016

The plot is located within a rigid urban system and is the head of an arrow-shaped neighborhood facing directly the sea and the port. The designing idea is to keep the link with the sea by creating three slim blocks on the closed side of the plot and leaving the front space open with a big court in which all the communal spaces are placed. A fourth higher block will represent a totem and the identifying icon of the project. The residential blocks on the three sides of the plot create a continuity with the neighborhood. The wooden shields establish a vertical rhythm on the facades and let the observer distinguish the different functions inside the buildings. The shields are more closed on the facades overlooking the streets while they are more open on those facing the court. The corridors are defined by the horizontal rhythm of the shields, while the cores are completely open. But the best space of the project is the studying area connected directly to the cafeteria with a total height white ramp that develops behind a majestic curtain wall.

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Object: Mobility Art & Co/ulture. Workshop in Architecture and Urban Design. In Collaboration with Universities of Catania and Ragusa. Place: Castello dei Cavalieri di Biscari, Acate, Sicily.

Years: 10-14 May 2016

Marina di Ragusa is a popular tourist resort, due to the attractive role of the sea but it also has wonderfull hystoric and artistic treasures on the inland. “First Place�

The project has been developed around four macro themes: Mobility, Art, Coulture and Culture. It starts from a deep analisys of all the potential, the vocation and the problems of the area and tries to assess its strenghts and solve the threats. It aims to keep heavy good vehicles out of the built zone border and provide slow mobility transport integrated with a sea shuttle, that takes people from one part to another of a big wooden platform laid on the sea, along all the coast. In addition, it keeps people off from the dune landscape which is in danger of being destroyed. Slow mobility safe circuits and sustainable vehicles allow to reach the hillside territory as well. According to the big Mobility Plan the project promotes local art works spread all over the area, lab Farms in the abandoned industrial areas and several sustainable energy instruments such as wind turbines, biomass power generators and solar panels.



Object: restoration of the facades overlooking the castle court. Place: Monasterace Marina, Calabria, Italy. Tot area: m2 Years: 2014-2015

The Castle of the Knights of Malta was originally ment as a fortified monastery built in 1400 to host sick wayfarers. Throughout the years, houses, walls and towers sprang up around the fortification and the castle faced several transfers of ownership which are the reason of many alterations that have changed its appearance. In 1748, the aristocratic family “Di Francia� took over the castle and the division into residential blocks added superfluos elements to the facades. A deeper stylistic, structural and diacronich analisys of the castle together with the historic background of the old town centre allowed to go back to the original aspect of the castle, so the project proposes a return to that perception of the building. The definition of a timeline for the restoration has allowed to do a grafic simulation of the steps through which the castle may retourn to its ancient value.



Object: Landscape project for a pedestrian link between the three buildigs of Reggio Calabria University Campus. Place: designed to be placed everywhere. Years: 2014-2015

The story of Reggio Calabria University Campus has never been a encouraging. The original project,designed within “De Nava” city plan, provided for another area to host the Universities but the continuous changes of the Municipality management modified the project. A new location was found in “Feo di Vito”, but many parts of it were eliminated because of the severe orography of the area. Presently only the faculties buildings have been completed. It was clear that the Campus needed public spaces and a great unifying element of communication between the existing buildings as well as a student house and spaces for exhibition and experimentation. The heart of the project is a pedestrian walkway whose shape follows the hills countour lines in which resting areas and sightseeing points are inserted. On the hill below the Faculty of Agriculture, terraced gardens allow experimentations and in the flat area below the Faculty of Architecture, right beyond the main streets, stand the new student house and a big square that can host events and temporary exhibitions with an amphitheatre and theme community gardens. Moreover all energy needs are supported by wind turbines and solar panels.



Object: Recycle and reuse of a brick factory

and abandoned materials focusing on land reclamation and sustainability.

Place: Siderno, Calabria, Italy. Tot area: 24 hectars. Years: 2016-2017

Reclamating land from pollution and asbestos dust. Recycling and Reusing raw materials as well as the factory building. Connecting the area directly with the city path. Improving permeable soil and plants.

The project area is located into a big enviromental sistem surrounded with water ( the lake with its dam, the river, the sea) and its fragile plants system. Its huge dimention (24 hectars) and its location just outside the city, but isolated from it because of the river line, makes this area particularly interesting, considering the role that it could have for the entire community and the high level of damnage that could result if it were just abbandoned (due to the stop of brick production, whose demand it’s going down for the presence of bigger factory all around the Region). The aim of the project is to give a practical and sensible solution for the use of the factory building and the surrounding area starting with land reclamation and finishing with the designing of low a energy and sustainable system for the recycle of the old structures. That involves paying attention to the heat exchange, the physical and chemical features of selectioned materials, producing energy from renewable sources and giving the furnace a new life through reusing it in differents activities. The proposal also takes care of what the locals want and need so, according to the results of a partecipatory planning, the factory will host cultural and playful experiences, hand made bricks laboratories, co-working spaces, start up labs and urban gardens. Last but not least, the recycle of all the raw materials found in the area in a funny and useful way. They can be used to build parts of the new factory or to create new design products.

Establishing co-working place for young people. Creating manufactoring labs for citizens and visitors. Offering cultural and playful experiences into the factory for everyone. Producing zero km food in urban gardens farmed by citizens and promoting agriculture. Restarting the brick production in smaller quantity but better quality.



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