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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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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 – Campo dell’ Abbazia and the Isola Valverde

An Island Lost in Time The island of Valverde in north-central Sestiere Cannaregio, Venice, was apparently a relatively stable velme and barene combination (higher mudbanks with arable soil) one of the earliest habitable islands in the archipelago, known for its copse of … Continue reading

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Venice – Campo Sant’ Agnese and the Purloined Rio

The island of Sant’ Agnese, in Venice’s Sestiere Dorsoduro, is unidentifiable as such today.  On its north end, the island was extended across the pond now remembered by a street, Piscina Fornier (“piscina” denotes “pond”), and land further developed to edge a corseted Grand Canal.  To … Continue reading

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Venice – Bold Adaptations with Universal Application

In his seminal history and commentary on the development of Cities – from the first to the “state of the art” in the 1970’s, Lewis Mumford’s great work “The City in History” (Harcourt, Brace, New York, 1981) provides excellent insights into the … Continue reading

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Bacon on Venice

No, this is not an article about the food of Venice.  This Bacon, Edmund Bacon, was renowned for his leadership of the City of Philadelphia Planning Department during the heady days of redevelopment, helping to guide many community-building projects and … Continue reading

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Completing the City – Great Lessons from the Form of Venice

In one of his seminal works, “A History of Architecture: Settings and Rituals” (Kostof, Spiro, Oxford University Press, New York, 1985), Spiro Kostof (+) addressed “The City Design at Large” (pp. 472-476). One emphasis was the work of the “Magistry of Waters”, a … Continue reading

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Campo San Zaccaria

Extraordinary Places Deserve Extraordinary Journeys There are two main ways to move from Piazza San Marco to Campo San Zaccaria, each very deserving of a journey in both directions! Plan “A” From Piazza San Marco, walk around the left side of the Basilica, past … Continue reading

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