Category Archives: Renaissance Rules

Solitude and Solace

A few thoughts stimulated by sleep deprivation on an “overnight” Trans-Atlantic flight. In A Room of One’s Own, author Virginia Woolf referred to personal time as “solitude“. Gretel Erlich’s Pulitzer Prize winning book, The Solace of Open Spaces, addresses the impact … Continue reading

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Tuscany Hill Towns: Monte San Savino

The Medieval hill town of Monte San Savino in Tuscany is due east of Siena, located on a commanding hilltop rising above the Valdichiana (Chiana River Valley), about 2 kilometers west of the A1 tollroad.  The ancient core of the town is crowded within … Continue reading

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Robert Burt, Artist of Mystery, Adventure and Joy

The subjects of Robert Burt’s paintings are almost entirely found through his experiences in the Desert Southwest of the United States and northern Mexico.  Although I had become aware of his art over the course of the past several years through gallery event … Continue reading

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Venice Pavilion at the Biennale 2014 – Sonnets in Babylon by Daniel Libeskind

Venice has its own permanent pavilion at the Biennale, adjacent to those of many nations.  This is not only appropriate because the Biennale is in Venice, but because Venice was an independent nation-state for over 1000 years – until Napoleon … Continue reading

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Romania at the Biennale 2014: Site Under Construction

Projecting the future from amidst the relics of modernist ruin. Deep inside the Giardini in Castello, Venice, the Romanian Pavilion for the Architecture Biennale sits amidst a long row of undifferentiated pavilion facades, evocative of their design era and the … Continue reading

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Augmented Australia – Recreating Lost Architecture – 14th Biennale Architettura – Venice 2014

The Australian Exhibition at the 2014 International Architecture Biennale Since the permanent Australian pavilion for the Biennale in the Giardini Publicca is being rebuilt, Australia made certain to participate in this year’s architecture exhibition by creating a temporary pavilion – … Continue reading

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nel segno di Carlo Scarpa (the sign of Carlo Scarpa)

Thoughts after experiencing an exhibition at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, Fall, 2014, by Randy Bosch. Rarely has an architect with a relatively limited body of work, primarily located in one region of one country, had such an impact upon the … Continue reading

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GRAFTING ARCHITECTURE – CATALONIA AT VENICE – 2014

GRAFTING ARCHITECTURE – CATALONIA AT VENICE A short review of the Catalonia exhibit at the 14th Architecture Biennale, Venice, 2014, by Randy Bosch. The Catalonia region of Spain, very recently near to a non-binding plebiscite regarding independence from Spain, sponsored … 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’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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