Elements of Venice
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Foscari Widmann Rezzonico, Giulia <1980-> - International Architectural Exhibition <2014 : ; Venice, Italy) ; (14th :>

Elements of Venice

Abstract: The metamorphic nature of Venice, a city in which most buildings underwent throughout the centuries substantial volumetric and formal transformations informed by political and cultural shifts, is revealed in Elements of Venice through the analysis of single architectural elements. Developed as a parallel research project of Fundamentals--the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale curated by Rem Koolhaas--the book offers insights on Venetian facades, stairs, corridors, floors, ramps, ceilings, doors, hearths, windows, balconies and walls. "Product not [only] of the mind but of societal organization" the elements are isolated from their picture-perfect context and from the postcard view of Venice that is impressed in our retinas, introducing the reader--through a combination of collages, drawings, photographs, paintings, film stills and quotes--to a radically new way of seeing Venice. Like a camera obscura photograph cuts through the often irrelevant embellishments of architecture to reveal the underlying skeleton of a building (i.e. its elements), this guide will allow the reader to better understand the fundamental transformations that have shaped Venice during the past ten centuries. This city, which for many is--architecturally speaking--permanently frozen in time, has in fact often been at the forefront of challenging the architectural conventions, both during the days of the Republic (until 1797), in which gothic and renaissance styles were seen as carriers of political and ideological meanings, and in the past two centuries when, despite the introduction of the dooming motto "Com'era, dov'era" ("As it was, where it was"), Venice underwent an unprecedented urban transformation.

Title and contributes: Elements of Venice / Giulia Foscari ; foreword by Rem Koolhaas.

Physical description: 692 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (chiefly color), plans (chiefly color) ; 17 cm

ISBN: 3037784296

EAN: 9783037784297

Publication date:2014

Language: English (language of the text, soundtrack, etc..)

  • "This publication was produced on the occasion of 'Fundamentals', the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Rem Koolhaas"--T.p. verso.



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  • Type of Publication Date: Publication Dates 1 and 2: monograph with both actual and copyright/privilege date
  • Publication Date: 2014

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