CLASSICAL CARIBBEAN JOURNAL Spring 2014 The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art creates study, travel, and education programs within the greater Caribbean Basin through the Classical Caribbean Committee. The ICAA is currently engaging in an education program with the Office of the Historian for the City of Havana for an education program with students and professionals. Cronk and Duch serve as instructors and committee members with Duch the current Chair.
PALLADIO JOURNEY Veneto, Italy Winter 2015 The University of Miami School of Architecture and The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art host a Grand Tour education program in the Veneto region of Italy annually in January to study the works Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. Students and professionals study together to discuss the relevance of Palladio's work in the profession and in the development of architecture of the early America's. Cronk has served as an instructor on the 2012-2104 programs and is preparing for 2015 journey with colleges.
AN ARCHITECTURAL DIALOG A STUDY ON URBAN IN-FILL WITHIN HAVANA CRONK DUCH ARCHITECTURE The intent of this study is to analyze intervention within historical contexts during periods of architectural, social, and economic change and to start a dialog as to what extent architectural style could define a post-transition architectural identity. The essay will examine case studies within Venice, Italy, and Havana, Cuba, cities that have both experienced defining transitions in the past, to determine how their architectural character was ultimately affected. The conclusion is to create a conceptual project solution within Havana that responds to a modern set of influences and frames the argument for 1) how the idea of architectural style plays a role in the development of the design solution and 2) how the idea style could potentially contribute in defining a new architectural identity for Havana as it moves through a period of significant change.
ST AUGUSTINE'S SKYSCRAPER CRONK DUCH ARCHITECTURE We love a good story at Cronk Duch. Creating (or reflecting on) a story becomes one of the key foundations of architecture and initiates an important opportunity for dialog about architecture and urban place. The unique location of Cronk Duch Architecture's St. Augustine Studio, within the 1926 Florida National Bank building on the Plaza de la Constitucion, allows a unique and applicable analysis in our focus on urban fabrics. As historic St. Augustine's first and only Skyscraper (as well as one of Florida's first) it provides the catalyst to our discussion of urban intervention (new buildings added within historic contexts) and its effects on Place. This effort is to collectively appreciate, advocate, study and ultimately create responsible architecture within these vital areas of our communities. Our goal in developing these stories is not an academic thesis of the places we visit and work but one of exposure and exploration. Is there a better place to start this dialog than within one of the first urban fabric and the place we work?