Category Archives: Planning & Urban Design

Venice Quilt

The Venice Quilt.  There is a pattern to this Quilt, assembled and nurtured for over 1500 years.  Most observers wonder if there is a pattern, how it can be seen, traced, and comfortably used. The Venice pattern was formed through the creative absorption and transformation of classical values, … Continue reading

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Architecture: African Independence and Nordic Models

Architecture: Forms of Freedom: African Independence and Nordic Models Exhibition of the Nordic Countries Norway, Sweden, Finland at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2014 Fehn’s extraordinary Nordic Pavilion in the Giardini at the Venice Biennale showcased … Continue reading

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Architecture Biennale – Venice 2014 – A Few Reflections

BIENNALE ARCHITETTURA 2014 The 14th MOSTRA INTERNAZIONALE DI ARCHITETTURA – VENICE A FEW REFLECTIONS FROM THE ENCOUNTER by Randy Bosch There is simply too much to cover – molto troppo!  In future posts, I will share impressions formed in many … Continue reading

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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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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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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: 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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Venice Watersteps

Venice, Italy, is the ultimate meeting of City and Sea on earth, the two inseparably intertwined. What is the simple, yet necessary connection between the constructed City and the Lagoon in Venice? Between campo and boat, or palazzo and ship of commerce?  The … Continue reading

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“Do the Work” by Steven Pressfield – Book Review

“DO THE WORK!: Overcome Resistance and get out of your own way”, by Steven Pressfield (The Domino Project, Do You Zoom, Inc., New York, 2011, 98 pages, price?: cheap!) follows his wonderful book “The War of Art” by a few … Continue reading

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Venice – Campo della Misericordia and the Scuola Nuova

Prosperity and Public Welfare The Scuola della Misericordia was founded on Isola Valverde next to the ancient Abbazia Santa Maria della Valverde, as was shared in a previous post, “Venice – Campo dell’ Abbazia” (follow the link to read it: http://wp.me/pVUDj-1vw ). The scuola … Continue reading

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