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Author Psarra, Sophia, author.

Title The Venice variations : tracing the architectural imagination / Sophia Psarra.

Publication Info. London : UCL Press, 2018.


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 Axe JSTOR Open Ebooks  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary From the myth of Arcadia through to the twenty-first century, ideas about sustainability, how we imagine better urban environments, remain persistently relevant, and raise recurring questions. How do cities evolve as complex spaces nurturing both urban creativity and the fortuitous art of discovery, and by which mechanisms do they foster imagination and innovation? While past utopias were conceived in terms of an ideal geometry, contemporary exemplary models of urban design seek technological solutions of optimal organisation. The Venice Variations explores Venice as a prototypical city that may hold unique answers to the ancient narrative of utopia. Venice was not the result of a preconceived ideal but the pragmatic outcome of social and economic networks of communication. Its urban creativity, though, came to represent the quintessential combination of place and institutions of its time.
Note Print version record.
Contents Intro; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Preface; Acknowledgements; Contents; Illustrations; Introduction: Between authored architecture and the non-authored city; Three artefacts; Why Venice?; Organic, Classical, Modern; The city and the imagination as networks; Material and immaterial: Venice and its representations; Authored and authorless -- actual and possible; Method; The structure of The Venice Variations; Contributions and significance; 1 City-craft: Assembling the city; Introduction; Conquering space: from an archipelago to interconnected communities
The amphibious city -- the water and pedestrian networksA multitude of solitudes: from parochial communities to the urban complex; Between parish communities and the state; Social networks; Palaces, confraternities, guilds; The generic city; Coupling, interlocking, decentralising -- Venice as a particular city; The Most Serene Republic: interpretations of Venice's Myth; Four-pointed star centrality: spatialising economic potential and institutional dynamics; Assembling the Myth: urban form, urban ideology and the social fabric; Postscript; 2 Statecraft: A remarkably well-ordered society
Introduction: the interlocking spheres of city-craft and statecraft1Imago urbis; A reformed discipline; Architecture and the Myth of Venice; A Byzantine chapel and a new Roman forum; The map of de' Barbari; Enlarging, linking, unifying; Spatial coordination and scenographic progression; A navigational network and an axis mundi; Ordering, classifying, separating; Techniques of integration: mythography and historiography; Architecture and ritual processions; Vecchi and giovani: Palladio and the scenography of the lagoon; Architecture and representations; City-craft and statecraft; Postscript
3 Story-craft: The imagination as combinatorial machine in Italo Calvino's Invisible CitiesIntroduction; Invisible Cities -- in search of intelligibility; Two models of knowledge; 'A splendid hard diamond takes shape' -- the text as a digital file; The world and its copies -- emergent local symmetries; 'This route was only one of the many that opened'; 'The answer it gives to a question of yours' -- emergent global patterns; Il Milione -- the work and its author(s); 'The great Khan owns an atlas' -- the spatio-temporal imagination; Imperium and emporium -- the role of Venice in Invisible Cities
Postscript4 Crafting architectural space: Le Corbusier's Venice Hospital and the three paradigms; Introduction; Part 1: The Venice Hospital; A shapeless hospital; The Rapport Technique; Signification; The Hospital -- the city-building encounter; A hospital that is like Venice; Part 2: Geometry and space from Palladio to Le Corbusier; The Organic, Classical and Modern paradigms; Geometry, space and the invention of architectural notation; Andrea Palladio -- identity between design and building; Variably standard -- geometric control and variable space; Modern practices; Non-standard variation
Subject Venice (Italy)
City planning -- Italy -- Venice.
City planning. (OCoLC)fst00862177
Utopias. (OCoLC)fst01163359
Italy -- Venice. (OCoLC)fst01204473
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: PSARRA, SOPHIA. VENICE VARIATIONS. [Place of publication not identified] : UCL PRESS, 2018 1787352412 (OCoLC)1013592375
ISBN 9781787352391 (electronic bk.)
1787352390 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. AU@ 000062302154

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