The workshop begins. Everyone meets in the studio at the Associazione Canottieri Giudecca (Giudecca Rowing Association) facilities, that are located in the Giudecca Sestiere - a large island separated from the main part of Venice by the Giudecca Canal. The workshop is joined by Adjunct Professor Francesco Calzolaio (Dept. of Landscape Architecture), who is our faculty in residence in Venice where he is a practicing architect. Students get oriented to the workshop, attend to getting public transportation passes, organize the studio space and receive Assignment 1: A study of north lagoon island edge conditions and serial vision studies (after Gordon Cullen). This work is to be conducted while we make visits to several islands in the north part of the Venetian Lagoon as preparation for the main assignment, master planning the new island of Sacca San Mattia, next to Murano.
The evening brings a welcome dinner held on the Giudecca (the neighborhood for our studio) at the Osteria Ae Botti. The evening begins, in the newly installed garden behind the restaurant, with "spritz", the Venetian institution of refreshment at the end of the day (aperitif + sparkling water). The meal consists of classic Venetian fare, with fish from the Lagoon dominating the dishes.