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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 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 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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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 – 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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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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Venice – Islands by Any Other Name

Commentaries written after the major migrations of mainland residents into the Venetian Lagoon in the face of Trans-Alpine invaders, and a millenium of later research after an era of “silent witnesses”, contribute high-probability candidate names and locations in the core Venetian Archipelago for Venice’s “original 12 communities”… And … Continue reading

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Rialto – Location, Location, Location

A little more background, and a little more conjecture, seems always in order about Riva Alto. It is a tomba, one of the ancient, sturdy sandy islands standing proudly above the high tide line, thought to be locations for many of the new permanent settlements in … Continue reading

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