Day Two: Introductions

Today is our first morning in Vico. After breakfast, we nearly passed out because of carb overload. Today’s agenda: sketching 101. The town of Vico is unique in its organizational structure of small piazzas surrounded by tightly spaced residences, all built upon a steep hillside that plummetts into Lake Lugano. Our first sketching exercise of the day was to draw a section of a nearby piazza, taking note of what makes it a successful public space when combined with the design challenge of an extremely steep hillside and limited space. The exercise emphasised the section as a design tool used to understand how materials meet and how the different elements such as floors, roofs, walls, windows, and doors are assembled. What we learned today? We have a lot of sketching practice ahead…

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