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Day spent in Pisa great we made it to directly to La Piazza del Duomo.

Tourists, Leaning tower, Sketching, and some McDonalds.


Weekend In Croatia – yes it’s a country

Weekend at Croatia. Having no real idea predisposition recollection background of this Country made for an interesting derive. Did some research on Croatia as a whole and found out very little, bring sun tan lotion and at night go to the beach.
Our trip would only include a visit town in Split, Unesco. A small port town that was a major tourist attraction. Not much to the town other than a lot of shopping, swimming, and females. We first visited the Cathedral , Roman Mausoleum, was a major historical building in this area. It was one of the very few monuments/ structures that stood in this town. It offered a great view. It was very much Roman Architecture. A roman Emperor lived in this town created various monuments and building. This shows how far Roman power spanned. The tower itself was a nice structure to allow the town to be viewed from the top. The plan was symmetrical square and stood on axis with the entry way to the cathedral.. Two stair ways allowed access to the 2nd floor of the tower. A metal stair case lined the inside walls, a recent structure probably built within the past 3 centuries.
The top floor gave the greatest views of the town. The landscape was beautiful and green. The town looked like it lied within a valley. Much of what I has seen in Rome and Siena, in terms of architectural elements, was seen here as well. Terracotta roofs, small alleyways, masonry stone construction, and piazzas. The Beaches in these areas were all constructed for the public. Near the bars and restaurants the ground was constructed out of stone. I felt like this was more for tourists.

In Split many of the locals spoke English which made it a lot easier to get around and find places of interest.

Either way I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

To Quote our desk attendant
“Sex, Drugs, And Alcohol”

Analytique – Porta Romana

NAME: Edwin Arbito
PROJECT: Porta Romana
ASSIGNMENT: Gate Analytique

Pop Up Piazza – Prato Di S. Agostino

NAME: Edwin Arbito
PROJECT: Prato di S. Agostino
ASSIGNMENT: Pop-up Piazza

Good and Bad Government

NAME: Edwin Arbito
PROJECT: Lorenzetti Redux
ASSIGNMENT: HGprecedent collage/essay

When thinking about ideas for good and bad government, I looked towards the readings on the history of Siena. Much of what happened before the 13th century in Siena was a government that was controlled by those who were of noble decent as well as those in the church. What caused much of the changes in the way the town was run was when those of the middle class stepped up to voice their opinions. These were merchants and those that dealt in trade. The people of Siena played an important role in the way the government eventually be executed. The Government before the 13th century could not deal with the problems of the people. Corruption and the lack of food at times would induce riots and destruction of property. Its the people that would eventually come to power and take control of their city.

Siena, Italy

Arriving in the town I took note of the small streets and lack of sidewalks. Obviously this place was not meant for automobiles. The buildings contained a lot of the architectural elements from the architecture that we had seen in Rome.

That night upon exploring the area for food we came across the Campo.

Now let me just say this place is a huge piazza. Very very beautiful. In front of the Campo was the Tower. Largest standing tower in the piazza. The center of the campo was out lined with shops and restaurant. Brick made up to ground of the campo. There was a feeling of much energy in this space. Being new to the area, this place was the largest open space.

Exploring more around Siena you get a better sense of the topography. There are a lot of hills and slopes. Many of the Piazzas are on slopes. Speaking of Piazzas I visited the Piazza Salimbeni on many occasions. Not really knowing much of the history behind the building that lies on this Piazza. The Pallazo Salimbeni has a great history to it, it’s the headquarters for Monte dei Paschi, the oldest bank in history. This bank was established in 1472 and still stands today. Looking at the head sculptures that line the roof top of the facades you can see those who played an important role in Monte dei Paschi.

The Campo itself has a rich history behind it. This was the center, if you will, of all social aspects in the town. All the streets seem to lead to this center. Throughout time the Pallaza Pubblico has seen riots, strikes, fighting and has also been the place for people to sell goods, foods, products. It has also been the location for important meetings. By the 13th century the Campo was seen as having a very important role in the town and at this time the Nine took it upon themselves to preserve this. At this point on many laws, acts, changes were made to the buildings surrounding the Campo. For instance none of the building around the Pallazzo Pubblico have balconies. This was mandated around the end of the 13th century. The Campo’s role was so significant around this time that, in choosing between brick and stone for the new ground of the campo, brick was to be used for all new construction in the town. Stone was not seen as a building material. The architecture of the city would come to order of the Campo.

Torre Del Mangia located in the Palazzo Publico
This tower was realized under two different architects containing two different types of architecture. One under the rule of the Florentine contains the pointed roof, while the addition from the new architect gave the a Romanesque-gothic type top. The height of the tower was to match the same height of the Cathedral, which showed that they would both be equal in power.