Dream of Venice Architecture

February 12, 2017 no comments Book Reviews, Guest Blog Post

Dream of Venice Architecture is an intimate journey through the remarkable Venetian urban landscape. A cadre of notable international architects and architectural writers explore the elements that make Venice unique in the world. Dream of Venice Architecture reveals the features that contribute to incredulity of her beauty, from the mysterious sotoporteghi to the complexity of Carlo Scarpa’s “immaculate detailing.” The book includes reveries from architects who have built in the city, been inspired by the city and share in her wonder.

The introduction is by Richard Goy, the international authority on Venetian architecture. He bridges the chasm between the original muddy wilderness of the 5th century and the intrigue of the built environment. The enigmatic photographs are by the award-winning documentary filmmaker and photographer Riccardo De Cal, who portrays Venice as a living city. This is the second book in the Dream of Venice photography series, published by Bella Figura Publications.

The prestigious contributors include: Tadao Ando, Enrico Baleri, James Biber, Randy Bosch, Mario Botta,  Constantin Boym, Louise Braverman, Vincenzo Casali,  Francesco Da Mosto,  Cynthia Davidson, Michele De Lucchi, Massimiliano Fuksas,  Jonathan Glancey,  Richard Goy,  Frank Harmon,  Guy Horton,  Michael Johnson,  Shun Kanda,  Max Levy, Juergen Mayer H., Robert McCarter, William Menking,  Richard Murphy, Louise Noelle, Dial Parrott,  Valeriano Pastor,  Guido Pietropoli,  Carlo Ratti,  Witold Rybczynski,  Anne-Catrin Schultz,  Annabelle Selldorf,  TAMassociati,  Michael Welton, Thomas Woltz, Diana Yakeley, and Rocco Yim.

A portion of the proceeds from each book are donated to Foundation Querini Stampalia to support their architectural programming in Venice.

Dream of Venice Architecture

Winner, IPPY Silver Award in Architecture Finalist, 2016 Foreword Indies Award in Architecture An intimate journey through the remarkable Venetian urban landscape, this book reveals the architectural features that contribute to the incredulity of the beautiful city from the mysterious sotoporteghi to the complexity of Carlo Scarpa’s “immaculate detailing”. Evocative photographs complement the personal reveries […]

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Here are excerpts from the book accompanied by the photograph that De Cal shot to illustrate the writer’s words

 

Dream of Venice Architecture

Randy Bosch

Sotoporteghi are palimpsests, mental and physical images of memory and history scraped away to reveal truths forgotten or new; refreshed fabric on which to restore life, to inspire art and architecture.”

 

Dream of Venice Architecture

Louise Braverman

“Spatially, Venice amplifies the joy of unanticipated, variegated pleasures inherent in experiencing architecture. What a delight it is to feel the opening and closing of space as you amble down a narrow, noisy cobblestone street at the canal’s edge, which miraculously transforms into the enormous expansiveness of Piazza San Marco. This, of course, is always in the context of savoring a series of sensuous changes in scale–from the tiniest mosaic tile to the vastness of the surrounding sea.”

 

Dream of Venice Architecture

Richard Goy

“We all, millions of us, each have our own personal Venice, a kaleidoscope of colours, sounds, smells, memories, reflections—some images fleeting or perhaps just fragmented shards of images…an infinite mosaic as rich and complex as those in the basilica. Every one is different.”

 

Dream of Venice Architecture

Carlo Ratti

“In such a beautiful urban environment, there are two main challenges: on the one hand, the upkeep of this balance and on the other, the possibility of change. A city that has its own fortune in its crystallization cannot however reject to renew itself. Just like in the past, Venice must create a new equilibrium with its environment, which today is not solely a physical one but is made of both atoms and bits. We have to be able to add a digital level of intelligence to the city, an invisible layer, like the foundations of mud—or like Calvino’s cities.”

 

Dream of Venice Architecture

Tadao Ando

“Though the Japanese culture has developed the habit of repeating “scrap and build” philosophies based upon economic rationality, I believe that architecture should be essentially rooted in society and be immersed in a lapse of time. This is exactly what I learned in Venice. Genuine affection for architecture and the city is spontaneously shared among the Venetian people. The projects in Venice brought me chances to contemplate what architecture should be, which became a precious experience for me.”

 

Dream of Venice Architecture

Constantin Boym

“Every entrance has a four-digit number, always applied onto the frame in a uniform stenciled typeface. A few years ago I happened to be passing by the house numbered 1937, which featured a particularly distressed and ominous-looking door. Suddenly I had a strange vision that the horrific memories of the year 1937—Guernica, Kristallnacht, Stalin’s Great Purge—are hidden behind that locked portal. It took a good half-a-bottle of wine before I could let this disquieting fantasy go. Yet ever since, I cannot rid myself of an impression that every Venetian door represents a particular year; that the city is, in fact, a museum that contains all human history and all our future as well. This would of course explain why the doors are so mysterious and forlorn: why they are always locked; why nobody seems to be ever entering or coming out.”

 

Dream of Venice Architecture

Michael Welton

“I’m an eighth-generation Virginian, a fact that carries some weight in certain parts of the Commonwealth, but precious little elsewhere. It mattered even less in Venice in late September 2012. There, Virginia seemed a quaint and claustrophobic universe. Venice, on the other hand, was a dream state, totally untethered from the 21st century – which made it a fine and lovely place to get lost.”

 

Dream of Venice Architecture

Mario Botta

“Le Corbusier came to explicate this heritage of knowledge, interest and attention through an unrealized hospital project. My relationship with Venice was strongly influenced by the Maestro’s critical reading and by my encounter with Bepi Mazzariol, who made me physically know the city. By way of large paths, and walks along its typical fondamente and calli, he taught me to love it, to criticize it; to confront the contradictions of my work and encounters with modernity—always supported by this heritage in which he saw, to quote Louis Kahn, the past as a friend.”

 

Dream of Venice Architecture

Max Levy

“For all its floating qualities, Venice is heavily laden with history, stone, and gravity.  Though its marble monuments aspire artfully upwards, they are ultimately more preoccupied with down than up.  One counterpoint to all this weight is the prominent windvane poised lightly atop the Punta Della Dogana.  This figure of Fortune, presiding over the Bacino’s daily ballet of watercraft, pirouettes between architecture and flight. It has for centuries signaled the comings and goings of Adriatic weather that tints this city’s beguiling atmosphere. For some, perhaps, it pivots to the ebb and flow of dreams as well.”

 

Bio:

JoAnn Locktov is the founder of Bella Figura Publications, an independent imprint publishing a series of photography books on Venice as a contemporary living city. http://bellafigurapublications.com/

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Dream of Venice Architecture

Winner, IPPY Silver Award in Architecture Finalist, 2016 Foreword Indies Award in Architecture An intimate journey through the remarkable Venetian urban landscape, this book reveals the architectural features that contribute to the incredulity of the beautiful city from the mysterious sotoporteghi to the complexity of Carlo Scarpa’s “immaculate detailing”. Evocative photographs complement the personal reveries […]

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