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Jan 24, 2013

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Slow Design – What American Metropolises can Learn from Italian Renaissance Cities

SAVANNAH, Georgia – Architectural students from Savannah College of Art and Design and University of Bologna will present a symposium Friday, Jan 25, to mark the opening of “Becoming Savannah: Slow Urbanism, Italian Influences and the Ideal City.”

The exhibition, part of the Slowness Project launched in 2012 by R. Viale, ICI director and professor, is being hosted at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, 686 Park Avenue, New York, NY.

SCAD Building Arts Students working with Architecture professors:
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The exhibition will showcase the principles behind the slow design movement; a paradigm calling for balance between the needs of individuals, cultures and nature and features a graphic and written urban analysis of the slow urbanism of Savannah in relationship to Renaissance cities in Italy.

“The idea of slow design is strikingly relevant for every American city set against a culture of speed,” said Christian Sottile, dean of SCAD’s School of Building Arts. “Slow cities hold essential dispositions of public and private realm that support sustainable cultural and technological advancements. Savannah’s internationally renowned city plan is illuminated in relationship to deeply evolved Italian precedents, offering new ways to consider the city of the future.”

“Social sustainability of urban life depends greatly on how cities are structured,” Viale said. “The model of the small and medium Italian city of medieval origin remains an example of how to foster social capital, produce ‘ligatures’ and combat anomie, albeit one that is difficult to emulate. The slow town of the future will be the ‘smart’ revival of the medieval and Renaissance city of our country.”

During the exhibition, seven SCAD graduate students will present a number of diagrams, drawings and collages as well as a 3-D model to show patterns of historical development in Savannah. Their pieces will stand among work from University of Bologna students which features analysis of Italian slow towns such as Florence, Mantua and Pienza.

The seminar is slated to begin with an introduction to the project by professors Fabrizio Apollonio and David Gobel, followed by a panel of six students discussing the value of “slowness” as a virtue in contemporary urbanism. Sottile will present the closing remarks before the exhibition begins at 6 p.m.

• “Becoming Savannah: Slow Urbanism, Italian Influences and the Ideal City” Urban Lessons from Italy and Savannah, GA by Students of the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Location: Italian Cultural Institute of New York, 686 Park Avenue, New York, NY.

Events for Friday, Jan 25

– Symposium featuring students of the University of Bologna and the Savannah College of Art and Design, 3-5 p.m.

– Exhibition opens, 6 p.m.

The exhibition and symposium are free and open to the public. Once open, the exhibition runs through Feb. 25.

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10 Dec 2012

Savannah College of Art and Design Event News

Renowned architect Antoine Predock to keynote AIAS FORUM 2012

Hosted by Savannah College of Art and Design, event offers learning experiences unique to United States’ first planned city

Dec 29 2012 – Jan 1, 2013

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) are pleased to announce that architect Antoine Predock, FAIA, will serve as the keynote speaker for AIAS FORUM 2012. The event is scheduled for Dec. 29, 2012 – Jan. 1, 2013 in historic downtown Savannah, Ga., home to the United States’ first planned city and largest National Historic Landmark District.

Predock is the principal architect for Antoine Predock Architect, PC, based in Albuquerque, N.M., with offices in Los Angeles and Taipei, Taiwan. A son of the expansive American desert Southwest, Predock is known for a design aesthetic that honors the surrounding physical environment, creating a symbiotic relationship among the client, building and natural world. His projects span a diversity of styles and uses, from the famed residential Turtle Creek House in Dallas, Texas, to Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres Major League Baseball team. International projects of note include the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and the National Palace Southern Museum in Taipei.

Predock has been recognized with numerous design awards, including the Rome Prize, the American Architecture Award, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Lifetime Achievement Award and the AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor an architect can receive from the American Institute of Architects.

“We’re very excited to be hosting Antoine Predock at the AIAS FORUM,” said SCAD architecture professor and AIAS FORUM 2012 faculty adviser Anthony Cissell, Associate AIA. “Predock’s work has had a tremendous impact on the built environment for more than 40 years, and the opportunity to gain insight into the design thinking of such a significant architect will be a highlight of the entire conference.”

Antoine Predock

AIAS FORUM is the annual meeting of the American Institute of Architecture Students and a global gathering of the world’s top architecture and design students. The event provides students with the opportunity to learn about important issues facing architectural education and the profession, to meet students, educators and professionals with common interests, and to interact with some of today’s leading architects through keynote addresses, tours, workshops and seminars.

SCAD is the host of this year’s event, offering attendees unique learning and networking opportunities in the heart of historic downtown Savannah. Professors from the university’s highly lauded School of Building Arts will lead sessions and tours highlighting the area’s remarkable architecture, interior design and urban landscapes that span more than three centuries.

The SCAD School of Building Arts includes the allied disciplines of architecture, urban design, historic preservation, interior design, architectural history and furniture design, encompassing approximately 1,200 students.

SCAD offers a professional Master of Architecture degree and is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board. The SCAD architecture program offers students a unique art and design context, teaching traditional architecture concepts against the backdrop of SCAD’s other distinct art and design degree programs. Architecture studies at SCAD engage students in multi-disciplinary learning and celebrate the increasingly global culture of design.

Registration for AIAS FORUM 2012 is still open. For more information and to register, visit

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About AIAS

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is an independent, nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to providing unmatched programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architectural education. The mission of the AIAS is to promote excellence in architectural education, training and practice; to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; to enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration; and to organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.

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