Giovanna Potesta — Golisano Institute for Sustainability
Her major research area is represented by studies and personal involvement in Sustainable Urban Design. In 2000 she was granted a three year research contract from the University of Florence aimed at the study of contemporary urban centralities. In the same period she had been consulting for the development of the FIAT area in Novoli. The development, one of the major urban renewal projects in Italy, included University buildings, commercial, of ces, residential and a park on a surface of 36 hectares. Giovanna Potesta’ consulted for the developer for the duration of the project (10 years) and co- designed two of the buildings.
In 2003 she was commissioned by the Aeronautic School of Florence a research featuring the architecture and historical conditions of their headquarters, a representative example of Italian Modernism. While teaching at Kuwait University Dr. Potesta’ worked on the transformation of urban setting of the region, cooperating with several institutions. She conducted a research on transitional process of commercial spaces, addressing in detail the typological and behavioral conditions that resulted from the model of the souk to the nowadays widely more popular model of the mall. This research, granted by Kuwait University received an award for excellence in research after an evaluation by an international peer review committee.
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