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London Trip – Day 4 

Francesco Casella e Javier Roig from KPF were amazing hosts for our last day in London! After visiting the DAMAC Tower together with a team of Multiplex, they welcomed us at KPF’s headquarters to show where their designs take place and invited us to a fun “Lunch and Learn” talking about large developments, and the future of high-rise and vertical cities. In the afternoon, after a stroll across the streets of London, they brought us into one of their last developments, the 110 Bishopsgate (Heron Tower).

London Trip – Day 3 

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) invited us to their London headquarters in Parliament Square to talk about Tall Building measurement systems and how professional surveyors relate to architectural designers. We had also the opportunity to climb to the rooftop of their building and enjoy the view of Big Ben and Westminster Abbey!

London Trip – Day 3 

On the third day of our trip we had the possibility to visit the One Nine Elms construction site, a group of towers designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. The tour was led by the team of Multiplex, who guided us through the complex, showing us the different stages of the construction process. It was an amazing visit!

London Trip – Day 2 

We had the honour to take a stroll with Peter Rees, managing Principal at The Bartlett, and learn through a walking lecture and a beer, how the city of London related to high rise and complex new developments. We chatted about access, materials, regulations, icons, shapes, architecture, real estate, urbanism, people, and gossip! We can’t imagine a better way to discover all the backstage details that have led to shaping the recent history and image of the city.

London Trip – Day 1 

Our London Trip kicks off with a visit at 22 Bishopsgate and a conversation with James Goldsmith, Head of Leasing at AXA IM, regarding the client’s point of view. All followed by a trio of insights and approaches to the construction of 22 Bishopsgate: Paolo Zilli from ZHA, providing the architectural overview, Corrado Bolzan from Permasteelisa Group, with the facade technology and installation input, and Diego Padilla-Philipps from WSP Global, who talked us through the project’s structural strategy.

Jonathan Guerrera, Victor Khoueiry, and Lorenzo Vannucchi from SAJO Inc. visited us at università Iuav di Venezia directly from their Canada headquarters to show us about their project planning practice based on the quality of design and multi-trade coordination. 

Cristiano Brambilla, Senior vice president at Hines Italy, visited us to hold a lecture on how market, client, constructor and designer come together in strategic mixed-use Real Estate developments.

It is time to gather all the lessons learnt from lecturers, professors, and experts in the various fields linked to the design and construction of a complex building and put them into practice. The aim of the Studio module is to assimilate and incorporate the first two modules of the master into a final project in which the program participants have to respond to the brief requirements of an ongoing real architecture competition. Off we go!

Milano Trip – Day 2.

The participants had the opportunity to visit Redesco Progetti S.r.l., who hosted in their offices two lectures on structural system solutions and LCA design approaches by Mauro Giuliani, founder and director, and engineer Francesco LomurnoThis was followed by a trip to Milano’s City Life, with a in-depth visit to Generali and Liebeskind towers, with a special focus on MEP design and its integration into the general design of high and complex buildings.

Milano Trip – Day 1

The trip began with the second lecture on Safety and Security held by Giuseppe Amaro and Ada Malagnino from GAe Engineering, together with a site visit to GIOIA 22 Tower. The lecture was followed by a visit to Corso Como Place, an interesting intervention in the urban built framework and aggregation of an upper structure that grows over the existing building. To wrap up the first day of the trip, Professor Paolo Rigone held a lecture at Politecnico di Milano on façade design.

The Program participants attended a 2-days training seminar held by Richard Peters, Founder and Director of Peters Research, on ELEVATE, a traffic analysis and simulation software for vertical transportation. The software is an essential tool for engineers worldwide to calculate the number, size and speed of elevators for all types of buildings.

A lecture held by professor Dario Trabucco on the future path of sustainable architecture, understanding the implications of concepts such as built environment emissions, energy efficiency, current regulations, and an introduction to life cycle considerations, embodied energy, Level(s) indicators and Environmental Product Declaration assessments.

Alberto Zanella, from GAe Engineering, gave an interesting lecture on how safety and security-related fundamentals can be incorporated in the design of complex environments. The lecture provided the tools required to identify the types of hazards and potential risks involved in vulnerability analysis and management, everything explained through the presentation of applicative case studies.

Professor Dario Trabucco sketched a master class on vertical transportation, outlining the evolution of such systems over time and considerations to take into account while developing complex buildings in relation to core elevator shafts, flows of people, devices and systems, design, distribution, and an introduction to rational calculation.

Diego Bertesina, MEP Systems Project Coordinator at Manens-Tifs s.p.a., went through the basics of MEP systems typologies, to give the students the tools to be able to critically discuss architectural implications depending on MEP strategies, and how these impacts on sustainable, health and wellbeing outcomes. The lecture introduced the topic of performance-driven design to address future climate scenarios.

An important part of the learning process of the Programme consists of connecting with different experts and understanding the numerous bridges between professions. It is essential to be able to communicate in a comprehensive and efficient way. Held by Dario Trabucco, it certainly was a practical, unconventional and fun public speaking class!  

Paolo Rigone, Associate professor at Politecnico di Milano, Façade Engineeer at ABeC and consultant, covered a wide variety aspects regarding the design of curtain wall systems, individuating the different existing typologies, and went over a number of façade design processes, performance aspects, cost-analysis and cost-optimization issues.

In the beautiful setting of Palazzo Ca’ Tron, engineer Mauro Giuliani, owner of Redesco Progetti S.r.l., visited us to give a lecture on the components that are structurally involved in complex constructions, as well as an overview on how the architectural language relates to the intrinsic structure. The lecture also covered an introduction to load distribution and structural balance.

TBD participants had the opportunity to experience an exciting visit to the Intesa San Paolo mixed-use iconic skyscraper in Torino designed by RPBW with a focus on Tall Building Safety & Security Design provided by GAe Engineering.

AGC Glass Europe opened its doors to TBD participants to get an insight on the ”Factory of the Future”, its groundbreaking facilities in Cuneo. The visit included an on-site lecture on the industry 4.0. glass manufacturing process, including float glass production, coaters for high energy performance, and anti-reflective glass. All conducted by AGC’s expert representatives, together with Giuseppe Amaro and Ada Malagnino from GAe Engineering.

The last BIM classes were dedicated to develop a deeper understanding on how schedules, schemes and parameter sorting work within Revit. The class focuses also on the basics of Revit families and creation of custom step-by-step personalized families.

Architect Paolo Zilli did a roundup of ZHA’s projects of complex and tall buildings, showing their particularities. The focus has been put on Torre Generali project in Milan, outlining its unique characteristics, the design challenges and other technical aspects.

The class explores singularities regarding Project management and layout arrangement, going through the graphics, visibility, display of construction details and viewports coordination.

Professor Elena Giacomello discussed about greenery technologies and Bosco Verticale by giving the lecture “Greenery Systems on Buildings and Tall Buildings

Engineer Luca Papaiz, Head of Technology and Innovation at Pellini SpA, held the lecture “Dynamic Transparence“.

Building confidence with fundamental software is an essential part of the learning process. Architect Denis Mior accompanied the students through the basis of Revit workflow.

Architect Denis Mior, CEO and Founder of Square Solutions, introduced the BIM topic by giving the lecture “What is BIM?

Professor Dario Trabucco held the lecture: “Skyscrapers: Evolution of Tall Buildings”.

Professor Dario Trabucco talked about skyscrapers and their characteristics (height, area, etc.) by holding the lecture: “What is a Tall Building? Trends and Markets“.

Professor Carol Willis held the lecture: “Skyscrapers: Global Adoption“.

The program schedule and organization has been introduced by professor Dario Trabucco, with the support of Paolo Zilli, associate director at Zaha Hadid Architects

Professor Carol Willis held three lectures: “Origin Stories: New York and Chicago“, and “Skyscrapers: American Invention“.

In the afternoon, the first lecture of the master program “Skyscraper History: Past, Present, & Future” has been held by Carol Willis, professor at the Columbia State University and director of the Skyscraper Museum.

Iuav representatives professors Giuseppe D’Acunto and Francesco Musco, the sponsors of the program and other important guests such as professor Aldo Norsa and architect Paolo Zilli took part in the kickoff meeting event led by professor Dario Trabucco during the morning.

The Tall Building Design postgraduate specialization program has been officially launched!