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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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Burano – Piazza Galuppi – A Day to “Go Fish”

Burano The small island community of Burano lies fifteen minutes north of Murano and the transfer point for the lonely vaporetto to Torcello.  From the Fondamenta Nove on the north shore of Venice, the one-way trip can take about forty-five minutes, and is worth every minute … Continue reading

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Vivaldi’s Neighborhood

Campo de la Bragora (now Campo Bandiera e Moro) in Venice’s Sestiere di Castello is physically very close to the broad, busy Riva degli Schiavonni, between Rio de la Pieta and Rio Ca’ di Oro, but separated just far enough … 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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“Tough Art” for Society’s Collective Memory

“Old News” (“Starie Novosti”) is a collateral event of the 2011 Venice Biennale, the International Exposition of Art, created and installed by artist Anastasia Khoroshilova, sponsored by the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, exhibited from June through November, 2011. The installation was … Continue reading

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Something to See Here, Don’t Move Along

Back, side or rear, down below or up above — these are as essential to any physical ensemble as the “front and center” components.  So is the entourage of less obvious wonders and treasures appended to and around them.  Too many people see the facade, nave and main … Continue reading

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“Any-Medium-Whatever” – Art of the Human Condition

Artist Tamara Kvesitadze represented the Republic of Georgia at the 54th International Exposition of Art in Venice, Italy (The Biennale) this summer. Trained as an architect yet concentrating primarily on sculptures that use intricate mechanical workings to articulate pliable surfaces, … 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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Venice – The Erberia

Alongside the sweeping curve of the Grand Canal just north of the Ponte Rialto, separated from the bedlam of the Ruga Degli Oresi tourist shops by the Banco Giro building and Chiesa San Giacomo di Rialto, the ERBARIA is a quiet oasis for … Continue reading

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