Monthly Archives: November 2010

Venice – Connecting the Dots

A previous post, “Venice – Form, Function and Environment” ( http://wp.me/pVUDj-yI ), noted that historian Lewis Mumford chose San Lio and San Barnaba as prime examples of planned communities in the new City of Venice when he wrote his epic “The City … Continue reading

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Venice – Form, Function and Environment

In his monumental work, “The City in History” (Harcourt, Brace, New York, 1981), renowned historian Lewis Mumford provided an outline of what he referred to as a “Typical Parish Island” in Venice, listing and defining its essential components.  They are, A Community Open Space, … Continue reading

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Venice – Innovations, Old and New

Sometimes, the “original” planned or evolved layout of a Venetian island community has been lost during periods of “redevelopment” or expansion that obscured some of the earlier key elements and their relationships.  Those redevelopment events occurred numerous times in several dozen communities over centuries … Continue reading

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Cynicism versus Realism

Previous posts in this series addressed “True Tales of the Legendary Past” (linked at http://wp.me/pVUDj-7E ), followed by “Legendary Tales of the True Past” ( http://wp.me/pVUDj-CU ), and then “Smoke and Mirrors” (at http://wp.me/pVUDj-Dt ).  This post will challenge you to search for the truth, a challenge that will involve normal … Continue reading

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Campo San Pietro

The island of San Pietro, within Venice’s Sestiere Castello east of the Arsenale, was first known as Olivolo, and later also known as Quintavalle.  It is considered to be a tomba, one of nine “high” islands in the Venetian Archipelago that possessed firm … Continue reading

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Smoke and Mirrors

Following up on the previous post in this series, “Legendary Tales of the True Past” (you can catch it at  http://wp.me/pVUDj-CU ), this post touches a toe into the murky pond of “spin”, as the political commentators call the most innocent … Continue reading

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Campo Zanipolo

Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo,  known as “Zanipolo” (and by other spellings) in the Venetian vernacular, embraces the great Dominican church named after the two great saints John and Paul. When Doge Jacopo Tiepolo ceded land to the Dominican order in … Continue reading

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Legendary Tales of the True Past

RenaissanceRules looked into “True Tales of the Legendary Past” in the last post.  You are invited to link to and read that post at http://wp.me/pVUDj-7E .  Now, a look into a corollary, or even inverse, phenomena, “Legendary Tales of the True Past”.  As those … Continue reading

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True Tales of the Legendary Past

The hypotheses and opinions of contemporary historians, scientists, mathematicians, politicians and “prognosticators” are too often accepted as fact without further inquiry.  “Your presence in the blind acceptance pool is required” is the message of the day.  Popular pundits make prediction … Continue reading

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Campanili of Venice

The campanili, the bell towers of Venice, are essential, unavoidable and dearly loved parts of the City’s history, culture, fabric and character.  They are both remarkable works of art and architecture and awesome “place markers” to assist orientation in the calle and … Continue reading

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