Irene Matteini, Midday Musing Lecture


Sullivan Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave., room 1226
Monday, November 12, 2012

IMPERFECTUS—A Retrospective on Unfinished Architecture

"Unfinished Architecture" has always engaged our surroundings and created surreal scenarios. Skinny concrete skeletons, endless bridges, and theaters that after 50 years have not yet seen their premiere, depict a common thread of this architectural style. This talk explores how buildings in limbo between perfection and emptiness provide for creative responses, new beginnings, and an opportunity for people to reinvent stories around them.

Irene Mattieni began her undergraduate studies in Architecture at Politecnico di Torino and completed her Masters degree in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago in 2009. She then worked for Mass Studies in Seoul, South Korea where she gained experience in and an understanding and appreciation for emerging cities and architecture of the 21st century. Following this experience, she was invited to become a visiting researcher at IIT, where she taught a third year undergraduate studio. She recently completed a collaboration with ARTGINEERING, an office based in Rotterdam, Netherlands that focuses on urban design and infrastructure interventions. She is an avid trumpet player.