Elements of Venice

Below are some notes and thoughts from the book Elements of Venice by Giulia Foscari. Contents are as below.

  • Rem Koolhaas, in the Foreword: The history of an entire city … analysed at the scale of architectural detail… By looking through a microscope, Giulia demystifies the perception of Venice as a static entity providing (also visual) evidence of key moments of its metamorphosis while offering an interpretation of architectural elements as products of cultural and political shits rather than just formal experimentation.
  • Foscari in the Preface: Lauded for decades, the ‘myth of Venice’ has become, through overuse, a cliché. Venice is not a perfectly round, gleaming #pearl#; it is not the ‘Serenissima’ that survived, unchanging, even when it had been demoted from the ranks of the world’s capitals. If this is how it has appeared, it is because the city truly is an amphibious creature, born between land and water, in a lagoon that for centuries has served as a huge womb, protecting its offspring in a constant state of development, in which constant changes were the norm. Never have there been turning points so abrupt as to compromise its links with the past; never a revolution. The city has moulded itself into history just like its buildings have adapted to subsidence. Without ruptures. It has aged over time (col tempo, as Giorgione teaches us by portraying the face of an elderly woman who looks us straight in the eye with an intentisity that, at times, is hard to bear). pg10
  • Arsenal’s development http://www.visualizingvenice.org/visu/?p=98

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