Forwarded from malta, thanks to Elaine Bonavia architectstudent at malta>>
Some of the offices is pretty conventional but I found the http://www.ktpmalta.com/ very interesting>>
i know a couple of architects who are crazy about valletta that may be able to help you, for example one of them has done numerous projects of modern intervention in historic places in valletta – his name is chris briffa, and I can talk to him if you need. http://www.chrisbriffa.com/
I also know another architect who knows a lot about valletta’s history because he did a dissertation on the underground passages in valletta that the Knights built – subterranean valletta.. http://www.dinlarthelwa.org/content/view/595/68/
also check out http://www.ap.com.mt/ and http://www.demicoliandassociates.com/ .. they are also good architecture companies in malta and AP have done some great work in valletta.
traditional maltese housing can be found almost everywhere on the island at the core parts of every old village, so i think that it will not be a typical characteristic of valletta, Valletta is a planned city, purposely built for the use of the Knights and evrything is arranged in a grid-like fashion unlike the old villages which have winding roads and all streets are revolving around the parish church. compare – Mdina and Valletta. also, in valletta there is a place called Manderaggio which is like the slum place where a lot of old housing now stands. some places are still homes for people, but others are probably vacant.
Re. maps, i assume u need site maps.. in malta if anyone needs a printed site map they either go to the Planning Authority and buy it from there (you can look at the map server on the website http://www.mepa.org.mt/home?l=1 but its crappy ) or else you print it yourself from survey sheets owned by the architect you work with. the second choice is better because it takes less hassle and costs nothing.
other interesting things:
http://www.ktpmalta.com/ check out this website, and download The Architect magazines in pdf, there are probably some good projects based in malta that you can have a look at. it’s basically a mag issued from the Chamber of Architects & Civil Engineers in malta .. plenty of names of people that can be helpful too.
in valletta right now – Fort St. Elmo is a great site, all the Forts and Cavaliers are actually…
and then there’s the city gate project of Renzo Piano..
these are also websites worth checking: http://www.dinlarthelwa.org/
you might want to go here i dunno – http://www.limestoneheritage.com/ (>>ohh yes.. WE ARE GOING!!)