Monthly Archives: October 2010

Campo San Barnaba

Campo San Barnaba is crossed by almost every visitor to Venice, walking between the Accademia Bridge and the Rialto Bridge on the “main route”.  The island of San Barnaba appears to be one of the oldest “intentionally designed” communities in Venice.  … Continue reading

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Venice – Chorus Churches

The Venice “Chorus Association”, officially the Chorus Associazione per le Chiese del Patriarcho di Venezia,  has a very focused purpose, set forth on their extensively illustrated website at http://www.chorusvenezia.org : “The aim of Chorus is to contribute to the safeguarding, conservation, … Continue reading

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House as Town – Intentional Design

Consider the application of physical components of a “designed” town to the design of the site of a house, and by necessary extension, to the harmoniously integrated design of the house, itself: Approach Road or Drive Wall  Gateway Carriage Plaza and Carriage House … Continue reading

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Contextual Design within a Regional Vernacular

Capital High School in Santa Fe, New Mexico was designed by Ralph Johnson of Perkins & Will Architects.  The school celebrated its 20th Anniversary a little while ago, a good time to consider whether or not its design statement has stood the … Continue reading

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Culture versus Personality

Each culture and each personality, informed or enthused by what they have seen from the past and around them at the present time, presents a uniquely different perspective through the physical work created in their place and time.  Some feel compelled … Continue reading

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Library, Farm, Market? On Users, Processes and Forms

The Library is one of my strongest early memories of “architecture”, closely paralleled over time by many architectonic forms associated with urban design and with other building types.  “Memory, specificity and the recognition of non-self”, a concept brought out of … Continue reading

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“They Call Me SIGNORE Imbecile”

Driving in an unfamiliar city, neighborhood or country can be a fascinating experience. Twenty-six years ago, we drove into Citta Centro d’Firenze in search of our lodging (Despite the name on the sign, it was certainly the “Pensione Bates” and I am positive that … Continue reading

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The Process of Reform

Change is not liked…particularly by those who invented, inherited, or are invested in the “dominant paradigm”!  Everyone who has attempted to bring daylight to situations that needed reform – whether minor or major – has experienced the rising temperature in the … Continue reading

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Collateral Damage

“We had to destroy the village in order to save it.”  A participant’s self-justification about a Vietnam War atrocity (or many), rejected by society.  “You have to break a few eggs to make an omelet.”  An adherent’s metaphoric self-justification for the atrocities committed … Continue reading

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Venice – Elysium Interrupted

Elysium and Venezia Consider the “pastoral field” as a type of Elysium – the Fields of Asphodel in legend – a type wherein are found the immortal horses of Achilles, Xanthus and Balius (e.g., Pegasus, et.al.).  In Venice, a campo may … Continue reading

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