To Italy with Love!


I have continued to dream of staying in a villa in Italy to paint and create art, and then wonder the streets of the great Italian cities and countryside for inspiration. During my Architectural studies at Dalhousie University, I was selected to live in Bologna Italy for a summer, along with 6 others students as part of the Rosetti Scholarship. I have missed those days – sketching and studying my surroundings and feasting on Italian Cuisine.

The Rosetti Scholarship Project in 2004:

With professor Terrance Galvin’s guidance, each Rosetti scholar took on the task of researching a particular aspect of the city of Bologna. I was interested in “Vita Quotidiana”, every day life of people. I wanted to study the interaction of people with the more human scale architecture, in terms of how the architecture set a backdrop for activity, gatherings, and business. Furthermore, this led me to question the urban structure and infrastructure of the city. I became interested in studying the waterways and historic fabric of Bologna. The research revealed a system of canals and a way of life that depended on these water systems. Industry and mill houses lined the waterways, and used this natural resource as a source of power to run fourstorey high wheels that spun silk. Only traces of “little Venice” persist in memory and in the hidden layers of the city, only to be revealed through “windows” that looked into the past and street name that mark the path of water. Upon our return to Dalhousie University in Sept. 2004, we were teaching assistants for the M1 cities course, and lead seminars in the second half of the semester. This was a good learning experience for me, and generated an interest in teaching. I worked closely with 6 students, and together we discussed the theme of waterways and industry in order to generate ideas for representing this aspect of Bologna in models and drawings.

For my sketches of Italy, see gallery below:

Italy sketches by MJY

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Some of these drawings are now in a publication by Tuns Press and available for purchase:





Continuation of my Masters Thesis and learning from the Italians:

Canadian Centre for Architecture Power Corporation Award Shortlist 2005

Michelle Yeung’s Project:

“Recognizing Our Industrial Past as our Civic Heritage: Learning from Aldo Rossi and the Lachine Canal”

See project brief here:


Although, I was not selected for this project in the end, I do plan on continuing this research project in Montreal if I am able to receive funding from the Canadian Council of Arts. I am aiming to apply for the Prix de Rome Prize for Emerging Architects next fall 2014.  I need to rally up some support!



To review my Master’s Thesis, go to the following link:

(I apologize that the resolution of the images are very poor because it was scanned from a hardcopy – I will post a gallery of images later).

        NAME(S): *Yeung, Michelle Joyce, 1979-
       TITLE(S):  Manufacturing dreams [microform] : the 
                   re-invention of industrial artifacts to 
                   encourage learning and community 
                   craftsmanship through architectural means
      PUBLISHER:  Ottawa : Library and Archives Canada = 
                   Bibliothèque et Archives Canada, [2006]
    DESCRIPTION:  2 microfiches.

         SERIES:  Canadian theses = Thèses canadiennes.
          NOTES:  Thesis (M.Arch.)--Dalhousie University, 
                  Includes bibliographical references.

STUDENT ABSTRACT: This thesis looks at the reclamation of 
                   industrial land and the proposition of 
                   alternate solutions to clean-slate 
                   development. There are many 
                   opportunities for the re-use and 
                   retention of a fading piece of history 
                   in Canada. The challenge of this thesis 
                   is to salvage some of the remaining 
                   history of a selected site, and express 
                   traces of that history through 
                   architecture. The industrial artifacts 
                   serve as vessels that embody forgotten 
                   landscapes, and their existence remain 
                   as memories and dreamscapes that 
                   transgress time. The proposed 
                   architectural strategy of the thesis 
                   intends to build a place of permanence 
                   and embrace the selected site's 
                   industrial history by re-assembling its 
                   fragmentary elements, exploring 
                   industrial materials, and fostering the 
                   craft of creating useful objects. 
                   Through a palimsest process of 
                   investigation and design exploration, a 
                   collage of time is realized. The 
                   proposed Creative Industrial Arts Centre 
                   will not only be a reminder of the 
                   industrial past, but also provide spaces 
                   for education. It will be a vehicle for 
                   nurturing the skill and craftsmanship of 
                   different trades and provide a place to 
                   meet. The 'school,' in turn, will be a 
                   catalyst for community 
                   development--providing a firm 
                   educational foundation and public 
                   facilities for a collective 
                   place-making. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

        NUMBERS:  Canadiana:  20062071831 
                  ISBN:  0494019905
         COPIES:  NL Stacks - Mic.F. TK- 01990
                  NL Stacks - Mic.F. TK- 01990 - Copy 2


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