Category Archives: Zeitgeist

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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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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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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“Collection of Sand” by Italo Calvino – Book Review

by Randy Bosch                     December 3, 2014 “Collection of Sand”, essays translated by Martin McLaughtin, Mariner Books – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston – New York.  First published in Italian as “Collezione di Sabbia”, October 1984. This collection of 38 non-fiction stories … 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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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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The Seen and the Unseen

“What is seen is transient, the unseen is eternal.”  “They could not see the forest for the trees.” Several different types of “seeing” are evident in the two aphorisms quoted above.  The first is speaking to the “unseen” as non-physical objects, ideas or … Continue reading

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Venice Impressions

A few, incomplete, unranked, unordered impressions that I noted in my Moleskine journal when leaving Venice in early October, 2011, a task like attempting to sketch falling leaves in Autumn.  Ah, the delight of the work their consideration portends! I would love … Continue reading

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Mate Winery – Montalcino – Oh, The Wines!

White Roads At Santa Maria Refugio, along a “white road” that is off of a “white road” between Montalcino and Poggio alle Mura (Banfi) in Tuscany, we searched for Mate Winery. The famous “white roads” of Tuscany are those shown as a double black line without … Continue reading

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Calle De la Botteghe – Venice

Whenever you spend more than a few days in Venice, you will travel a few streets (calli) and public spaces (campi) many times as you walk to and from your accommodations.  Campo Santo Stefano was the hub for our recent stay, and a key route to several … Continue reading

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