January 12, 2010

Save the Date and Join Us!

NIAUSI's next gathering of members, friends and fellows will be Friday February 5, 2010, 6 pm at NBBJ (223 Yale Avenue North, Seattle 98109 - Directions).


Sala Grande fireplace

Restauro e Continuità

(Restoration and Continuity)

Come and find out about the Italian Journeys of three of the NIAUSI Fellows...hear the first public announcement of the jury's selection of our new 2010 NIAUSI Fellows...and learn how NIAUSI members are renovating the renaissance-era "Sala Grande" as NIAUSI's main gathering space, library, and the heart of our facilities in Civita.

There will be antipasti, wine and stimulating presentations by three of our Fellows, reporting on their Italian journeys. And we will share the latest images describing our work underway on the renovation of the renaissance-era Sala Grande.

Many of you know this remarkable space, first restored in Civita by UW Professor Emerita Astra Zarina and fellow architect Tony Costa Heywood. This room has been a center of activity for hundreds of students, professionals and faculty studying in Italy over the past thirty years.

Join us to discover more about the Sala Grande and its new life as the heart of the NIAUSI facilities, the work there and how you can be involved in this Restauro e Continuità.


The NIAUSI Fellows' Presentations

Three of our NIAUSI Fellows will be presenting images and thoughts on their Italian explorations:

Civita grotto. Photo by Dan Corson

Dan Corson (NIAUSI Fellow 2006) Seattle-based artist, will share images, impressions and stories from some of the interesting subterranean spaces he has explored and documented while in Civita.

Richard Meier's Ara Pacis Project, Rome. Photo by Clair Enlow

Clair Enlow (NIAUSI Fellow 2009), Seattle-based writer on architecture and design issues, will present observations on how Italians integrate modern development with historic surroundings in her talk "Getting Things Built in Italy: The Politics of Control and Opportunity."

Renaissance fireplace, Sala Grande, Civita. Photo by Betty Torrell

Betty Torrell (NIAUSI Fellow 2009), Seattle architect, will provide selected images and impressions based on her research project "Hearth as Home" - a comprehensive analysis of over 50 historic fireplaces and cooking spaces in Civita di Bagnoregio.

We Hope You Can Join Us on Friday February 5, 6 pm at NBBJ!


Photo by Erin Griffin Christie, Sala Grande fireplace, December 2009.
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