Contributors

Below are the contributors of the Florence from the Heart website:

Melinda Gallo
Melinda Gallo - Writer

Melinda lives in Florence and has been blogging about life in her beloved city since November 2004. She had previously lived in Florence for two years in 1997 to find her inspiration to write, but then moved back to the US in 1999 for a five-year hiatus. She now enjoys living along the Arno and often peers out the window to admire the Arno river. She loves writing about her experiences in Florence and has begun taking photos to better capture the charm of the city she loves.
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Published Articles

Ponte Vecchio: The first time I came to Florence for a visit I made the rounds of the monuments.

Piazza di Santa Croce: Piazza di Santa Croce is undoubtedly the most visited and photographed piazza in Florence.

Corri la Vita: Corri la Vita is an annual gara (race) that takes runners and walkers through some of the most scenic parts of Florence.

Shopping at Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio: The Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio is an outdoor food market in a residential area of Florence near the Santa Croce church.

Lisa McGarry
Lisa McGarry - Writer/Artist

Florence captured Lisaís imagination while she was taking a required architectural history class for her Bachelor of Architecture. She felt immediately at home the first time she visited and returned every year, studying the art, architecture and language between visits. Her dream of living in Florence finally came true during a research trip for a book about the piazzas, when the four-month stay serendipitously stretched into a four-year sojourn. In May 2008, The Piazzas of Florence was published by Murdoch Books. Along with her daughter, Lisa continues to live in Florence, listening for whispers of history as she gathers inspiration for her creative work.
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Published Articles

Sitting in Piazza della Signoria: My natural inclination when I go to Piazza della Signoria is to find a spot somewhere around the edge and look into the middle of the piazza, which is like a big container for people and energy.

Moments in Piazza Santo Spirito: I look back on my earlier visits to Piazza Santo Spirito with a mixture of affection and nostalgia.

Andrea Ponsi
Andrea Ponsi - Architect, Writer, Artist

Born in Viareggio, graduated in Florence in 1974 under Leonardo Savioli. He then took a Master's in Architecture at the Architectural Association in London and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Since the early 70's, he has focused on the relationship between ecology and architecture. In 1977, he published "The Solar House," a monographic study on bioclimatic architecture. In the 1980s, he lived in San Francisco where he worked with Peter Calthorpe and Sim Van Der Ryn, drawing up projects based on the concept of environmental sustainability. His work both as a designer and as an architect has been the subject of publications and personal exhibitions in Italy, the US, and South America. In 2000, he won the international competition for the building of the Palos Verdes Art Center in Los Angeles. His professional activity also includes urban furnishing projects, commercial interiors and preparing exhibitions. He has taught architectural planning and design at several universities, including the University of California in Berkeley, the Technion Institute in Haifa, Israel and the University of Toronto. At present, he is Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University and Kent State University in Florence and in the United States. He is also the author of a number of monographs on his design activity ("Elementary Design", "The Copper House, "Thinking Lines") and two studies on urban space ("Florence: A Map of Perceptions" and "Firenze Changing Viewpoints."
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Published Articles

Via della Ninna: One of the characteristics of Florence's urban pattern is the recurring presence of an accidental geometry based on acute angles, deriving from the irregular street network.

I didnít bring my watercolours with me: I didnít bring my watercolors with me.

Cheryl Tucker
Cheryl Tucker - Writer

When Cheryl first came to Florence for a month in 2005, she had no idea her life plan would change so dramatically. She visited every year afterwards. In fact, last fall her plan was to stay for three monthsóbut she never made the flight back. She spends her days teaching literature online and writing articles about Florence. She is also at work on a book about the streets of Florence. Her inspiring experiences here also feed her fiction writing.
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Published Articles

In the Seat of Abundance: Piazza della Repubblica: If you stay in Florence long enough, you'll find a piazza--one where you feel at home, one that you'll seek out after being away.

Sophia Khan
Sophia Khan - Designer/Educator

Sophia loves traveling to Italy, and lived in Florence for a year to pursue architectural studies. She has also spent much time in the Sassi of Matera, which is another one of her favorite Italian destinations. She is a designer and teaches at the Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham. She also enjoys pursuing fine arts in the form of drawings, paintings, and handmade books, inspired mostly by her travels to Italy and its architecture. She loves to write and currently blogs about a novel set in Venice.
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Published Articles

Appreciating Florence over Time: A tall, rusticated stone arch embedded in a palace's wall basks in the sunlight emitting a sense of antiquity.

Contributors

Melinda Gallo
Writer
Melinda Gallo

Lisa McGarry
Writer/Artist
Lisa McGarry

Andrea Ponsi
Architect, Writer, Artist
Andrea Ponsi

Cheryl Tucker
Writer
Cheryl Tucker

Sophia Khan
Designer/Educator
Sophia Khan

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