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About randysrules

I provide professional architecture, planning, urban design, leadership, community building and zeitgeist consulting services. This blog focuses on ethics, leadership, architecture/planning/urban design, Venice, and whatever intrigues me at the time. Enjoy!

Venice Myths: Is There Only ONE (or TWO)(or THREE) “Canal”?

Articles and reviews continue to pop up in fairly high volume on the internet and in published materials stating that Venice has only one waterway actually named a “Canal” – or maybe two, or maybe three. The lack of originality in repeating … Continue reading

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“Elements of Venice” by Giulia Foscari, 2014 – A Book Review

“ELEMENTS OF VENICE” by Giulia Foscari A Book Review by Randy Bosch July 10, 2014 Foscari, Giulia, “Elements of Venice”, Lars Muller Publishers, Zurich, June 2014, 692pp., paperback, small format. I received this fascinating and critically important work literally “hot … Continue reading

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Venice’s Master Plan of 1557

The collections of Venice’s fabled Biblioteca Marciana record a document in volume segnato 138.c.180, c. XVIIb described as:  “Design in pen and watercolor on two pages reunited to form a single page measuring mm 832mm by  626mm”. The document so … Continue reading

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Radical Edge by Steve Farber – Book Review

(Farber, Steve, “Radical Edge”, Kaplan Publishing, Chicago, 2006, 165pp.) Steve Farber is the President of the Extreme Leadership Institute and the author of “The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership”, awarded the 2004 “Reader’s Choice Award” by Fast … Continue reading

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Venice – Details Matter in Corte dell’Albero

One of the newer buildings in Venice, Italy – a massive housing complex completed 100 years ago (built in 1913) to a design by architects Alessandri & Fantucci in their version of early 20th Century Veneto-Byzantine style – is impossible … Continue reading

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Venice 2014 – la Biennale: Fundamentals: International Architecture Exhibition

A featured session of the Venice 2014 – la Biennale is the 14th International Architecture Exhibition / Fundamentals. The 2014 edition of the biannual exhibition will be held from June 7 to November 23, 2014 in, of course, Venice, Italy. With … Continue reading

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Art in January – Major Exhibitions in the Valley of the Sun

In Central Arizona’s “Valley of the Sun”, Winter is the great season for art exhibitions. Dozens of galleries in Scottsdale’s Old Town participate in Thursday Night Art Walks, with many hosting artists in residence and artist shows. Studio tours and … Continue reading

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Venice – Urban Palimpsest and Tomb of Memories

“Palimpsest” (“palinsesto” in Italian) has its origins in the Greek word for “scraped again”. The original reference may have been to layered manuscripts, where older text was no longer more valued by the holder than the underlaying and very rare … Continue reading

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Venice – Corte Vecchia – Enigma and Mystery

The quiet Old Court lies hidden in the midst of Sestiere d’San Marco, Venice, Italy. In reality, Corte Vecchia is a wide, dead-end street, often labeled a “Ramo” in Venice. A ramo is often not a “dead-end”, since the water … Continue reading

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Venice: Its Cemeteries

Why write about cemeteries?  In addition to being an historical, integral and necessary part of an island city that did not have adjacent land areas for that function, long “closed” cemeteries embedded in the urban fabric have left open spaces that give relief to the … Continue reading

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