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CHRISTINE J LODICO

Bachelor of Architecture

from the Miami University School of Architecture
University of Florence Library 2009, Year 3
Semester Abroad in Florence, Italy from Kent State University's College of Architecture and Environmental Design
I spent the spring semester of my third year in Florence, Italy studying art and architecture history, as well as urban design. My design for the University of Florence's Library was selected by Kent State University and AND Magazine for publishing in their 16th issue. While living in Florence, I began to notice the amount of graffiti all over the city, and the political nature of most of the writing. Thinking about why this could be, I realised how it must be difficult to live as a modern person in a city that is essentially a living museum. A core design element of my library was space to create graffiti on and around a modern building. I hoped this would give the citizens a place for open discussion and expression. The library was set in a spacious piazza, a rarity in a crowded medieval city.
Physical model of the site with the new plan for the Piazza. Cardboard and paper.
Colours from the site turned into digital graffiti examples.
Panorama of the Piazza Brunelleschi, the site of the project.
Site map with views from the piazza.
Collage of photos taken in the Piazza Brunelleschi.
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