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London, 18-19 February 2015

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PROFESSOR SAMIR YOUNES — UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

Prof. Samir Younés (University of Notre Dame School of Architecture) then presented three projects he has worked on with his students, in Havana, Palermo, and Madrid.

Samir Younés is Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame where he was Director of Rome Studies. His latest book is titled The Imperfect City: On Architectural Judgment.
Samir Younés’s professional experience in the United States and Europe includes a comprehensive variety of projects: long-term master-plans; mixed use developments; private residences; and commemorative monuments. He was masterplanner and senior tutor for the Prince of Wales' urban task force for Lebanon in 1997.

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Summary Notes

  • Student projects for three urban quarters
  • Architecture has a regional character suitable to its purpose
  • First project Havana
  • Havana in the 19th century was delineated by a clear urban edge
  • Havana is one of the most intact cities in the Americas
  • The project was to fill in the space behind the water frontage. Currently this is made up with parks the city off from the water
  • Students analysed complete city up to waterfront
  • Existing block structure analyses and used as a basis
  • Each student designed a detached block on the master plan. Each block contains and assemblage of buildings, including, new harbour for ships, an opera house, and a stock exchange
  • Second project Palermo
  • Here the project was to restitch the urban sequence
  • Two main considerations: Morphology and urban character
  • Madrid
  • Here buildings were demolish building to create site
  • Modernists students participated