Archive for ‘Architecture’

May 24, 2013

Colour exists by itself. It’s the human being who needs colour. LegoView with G. Cagnazzo.

Architect Gianni Cagnazzo

Architect Gianni Cagnazzo

Gianni Cagnazzo is an Architect. But that’s not enough to fully catch his polyhedric and enthusiastic attitude towards his job and his passions. Gianni Cagnazzo is president of IEM (Indoor Environment Management) and ANAB (National Association of Bio-ecological Architecture), member of the International Academy of Colour, he is professor in bio-ecological architecture, colour design and humanisation of the built space, he gives lectures at various institutes, including ANAB IBN (Institut fur Baubiologie und Oekologie – Neuberern), UNITRE, University of Turin… Colour is his passion, therefore the question was certainly due: What is colour?
He knows how my kind of interviews work and he starts building. When he is done, he explains me his model.

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May 3, 2013

Architecture comes in Black & White – LegoView with F. Valan [Part2]

Francesca Valan - Industrial Designer and Colour expert

Francesca Valan – Industrial Designer and Colour expert

Francesca Valan, an Italian industrial designer, is internationally considered one of the most passionate and experienced colour experts. One of the key problems, when it comes to colour and architecture, is that colour is something that architects add at the end of the design. She strongly disagrees on such an approach and after telling us, with the bricks, of course, what is colour, I asked her about Architecture. What is Architecture?
She stares at the bricks for a while and then she starts building. When she has finished, she looks at me

F. Valan - Model 1 ~ Architecture

F. Valan – Model 1 ~ Architecture

and at the bricks and recalling the question – what is Architecture? – she simply says: ‘Rules. Geometric rules. Axes. Vertical and horizontal axes. But the main thing, it’s depletion of chromatic and material elements in favour of formal elements.’
I look at her model: it’s an interesting one, as there are a number of elements and they are all detached. ‘What are these elements you have built here?’ I ask her.
‘Volumes. These are volumes and not architecture. The yellow one, for instance, it’s a solid build following formal criteria I do not know, with improper chromatic criterion. Because colour in architecture is always impoverished. It’s kind of too obvious, if there’s any logic, this is a trivialising one.’

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April 19, 2013

LegoView with Arch. Ciro Pirondi on Heritage, Architecture and Nature

Ciro Pirondi talks about Heritage using the bricks with Patrizia Bertini

Ciro Pirondi talks about Heritage using the bricks

This LegoView was recorded during Restauro 2013, the main event focusing on restoration, so the question was almost due. What does a well known Architect as Ciro Pirondi, director of the Escola da Cidade in São Paulo (Brazil), think about Heritage? The question, as ever, needs to be answered my way, with the bricks. I ask the question to Mr. Pirondi, put the bricks in front of him and let him to play, allowing ideas to connect and to construct a new vision. While he builds, he sings Agua de Marcio ‘It’s a Brazilian very popular song…’ he says smiling, while he builds and enjoys the process. [Watch the Video]
When he is done, I ask him to tell me something about his model, about Heritage.

Heritage and Nature as built by Arch. Ciro Pirondi

Heritage and Nature as built by Arch. Ciro Pirondi

‘This is an allegory representing a bridge where men should find their balance and seek for a balance with nature… this green’ – he says showing me the green bricks – ‘represents nature’.
And then he goes on ‘I think this is a need for the 21st century’s cities… They need to find a bridge that can bring back the balance between mankind and natural nature…. ‘
The bricks and shapes are detached in his model, the human figure is not connected to any part of the model and I ask him why is that.

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March 29, 2013

Ciro Pirondi talks about Oscar Niemeyer

Ciro Pirondi during the Lego Interview with Patrizia Bertini

Ciro Pirondi during the Lego Interview with Patrizia Bertini

Ciro Pirondi is a Brazilian architect, director of the Escola da Cidade in São Paulo and friend and collaborator of Oscar Niemeyer. [Video]

Ciro Pirondi came to Ferrara, in Italy, to present an exhibition dedicated to Niemeyer at Restauro 2013 and here it is, where we met.
I ask him to introduce himself. He looks at me and smiles gently – ‘I am an architect’ – he says humbly – ‘and I am emotional to be here, as this is where my father comes from… from Emilia…’
He is a kind man, very gentle. I explain him about the interviewing process, he smiles curious and when I ask him, he just plays with the bricks.
I ask him about Niemeyer. He looks at his model for a while, and makes some adjustments.
‘To talk about Niemeyer, I need a tower with curves… lots of curves, as Niemeyer loved curves…something like this!’ he says showing me the model.
‘Niemeyer used to say that he loved curves a lot, because curves reflect Einstain’s universe, they reflect the loved woman, and they remind Rio de Janeiro’s mountains… And he really loved curves. ‘ And by keeping the model in his hands and looking at it, he goes on.
March 27, 2013

LEGO SERIOUS PLAY and Architecture: The presentations

For those who were not there and for those who want to keep reflecting on the contents presented on Saturday 23rd March in Ferrara [Italy], here are the Keynote speakers’ presentation. A big thank you to all the speakers who agreed to share their precious and inspiring material!

Robert RasmussenRasmussen Consulting (Denmark) | The LEGO SERIOUS PLAY method: a thinking, communication and problem solving techniques for groups insights to its the origin, purpose, functionality and theoretical underpinnings.

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March 25, 2013

Pictures from the LSP conference in Ferrara

On March 23rd, at Restauro, LEGO SERIOUS PLAY had been the main player.

In times where playing safe is not possible anymore, we need to play seriously and through the inspiring talks of our keynote speakers, participants to the event have been taken to a new dimension, where LEGO are a tools to build the intangible world of ideas, where imagination becomes a key asset to rethink organisation,where  architects find new ways to design the space and the experiences, where students become learners and people can build their requirements and needs to help organisations’ to properly develop their products.

It has been a fascinating journey, where speakers engaged with the bricks, with themselves and the audience trying to provide a rather unique picture of the endless potential hidden in those little bricks.

Proceedings, videos and more pics will follow, here you are the very first ones!

Again, Thanks all – to the inspiring and amazing speakers, and to the people who joined!

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March 17, 2013

20/23 March 2013: the programme and the stand

Invitation Ferrara 23 March 2013

Everything is almost ready: the conference programme , the keynote speakers, the logistics for free tickets, the stand and the invitations.

At Restauro 2013, Ferrara Via della Fiera 11, LEGO SERIOUS PLAY, creativity, heritage, inclusive design and Architecture will mingle in an unique and exciting combination.  LSP workshops with students an stakeholder will inspire, and a conference with the key players in the LSP domain is an unique opportunity to learn about the method and the experiences that proved how thinking with hands can enhance our creativity and lead to innovation and results.

Events are free. Join Us!

  • Ongoing activities:

– Lego Architecture – the exhibition

– Screening of videos and presentations about the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY Method:
LEGO Serious Play + LTU City Tools – Guadalajara Jalisco (Mexico). Luis Alberto Aguirre Gómez [Founder of La Consultoría: E + I] & Juan Ponce Briseño [Architect at Urban Think Tank] ~ building a startup -an urban information system- with LEGO Serious Play.

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March 9, 2013

Colour: the revolutionary emotional link. LegoView with F. Valan

Francesca Valan

Francesca Valan, Industrial Designer

Francesca Valan is an industrial Designer. People call her colour designer, but she doesn’t agree – she doesn’t like the concept that colour is something to be added to an object, an artifact or a building. She works with colours, as one of the most recognised colour experts in the world:  her job is to define, understand and give colors the right shape and form, changing the perspective that generally considers colour as something added to an object as a finishing touch.
When I met her, I immediately wanted to interview her, not only because she is responsible for the current shade of green of our LEGO bricks, but because I really had no idea of what colour was.
She accepted – being a curious and creative person, she couldn’t resist the idea to explore the subject she devoted her career to in a new way. When we sit down, she pretends to be comfortable – we’ve been talking a lot of my idea and knowing how things proceed, she was getting ready for the unexpected.
I put the bricks in front of her and simply ask her: What is colour?
She knows how the process works, and she builds.

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January 18, 2013

4 days to explore Heritage with LEGO [Ferrara – Italy I 20-23 March 2013]

You can learn more about a man in one hour of play than in a year of conversation [Plato]

At Restauro 2013, the trade fair for the Art of Restoration and Conservation of our Cultural and Environmental Heritage, the first and most important Italian event dedicated to the art of restoration and the conservation of Italian artistic heritage taking place in Ferrara (Italy), we are going to play. Because a Serious Play can improve our understandings and reveal brand new dimensions of Heritage.

The Department of Architecture at University of Ferrara, together with Tekehub, and with the  High Tecnology Network of Emilia Romagna, is working on an experimental exhibition stand to be presented at the Restauro 2013 in Ferrara: a new format and new contents will wait for visitors attending the event on March 20-23rd 2013. The leading idea is to explore concepts related to

Restauro: the LEGO-Box and the project of the stand

Restauro: the LEGO-Box and the project of the stand

Heritage using innovative means based on methodologies that enhance knowledge sharing and meaning making.

For four days, in a multi-functional and colourful space, designed to explicitly recall LEGO bricks, using LEGO SERIOUS PLAY, participants will be involved in a number of events, speeches and thought provoking activities to encourage the discussion and improve our understand of what is Heritage. The project is called B4 – which plays on the idea of Bricks for… and the assonance with the world Before.

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December 28, 2012

When Architects-to-be play with LEGO…

The Video is cilp taken from one of the LEGO SERIOUS PLAY workshop I run at the University of Ferrara, Faculty of Architecture in November 2012.

Students taking part to the workshop are currently working on a course project on Heritage; their main focus is Ahmedabad Heritage Walk (India). The aim of the workshop was to create a team out of the group of individuals working together and to lay the foundations for their collective work. To achieve this students engaged in a classic LSP workshop: they were first asked to define what Heritage is by building an individual LEGO model of their personal concept. Each student built their own vision and shared it with others. Sharing individual models and ideas let differences emerge: it came out that though they were all working and researching around the same topic, their individual perceptions, their focus, their ideas were very different: some students focused on the time dimension, others have seen heritage as coming from a relationship between present and past, others have highlighted the confusion and chaotic dimension related to the idea of Heritage, and others focused on the subjects who perceive, define and socially construct the concept of Heritage.

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