Archive for September, 2010

Botticelli’s Primavera how you have never seen it

Botticelli's Primavera

Primavera, also known as ‘Allegory of Spring’, is a tempera panel painting by Italian Renaissance artist Sandro Botticelli.
The painting, depicting a group of mythological figures in an garden, is allegorical for the lush growth of Spring and it has since 1919 been part of the collection of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

Exclusively on Repubblica.it until October 6, 2011 thanks technology Haltadefinizione – you can enjoy every little detail of the framework.

Click here, you can see this painting how you have never seen it.

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Criticizing what you can’t criticize

Le Modulor

The architecture is a discipline that designs both small and everyday items, such as furniture components, and extremely large and complex structures dealt by planning.
Architecture is not an exact science, there aren’t scientific experiments or laboratory tests that indicate the right way to design.
During the construction work there might be another designer ready to ‘criticize’ our work because he says he knows a better way to projet.
Rarely it happens that who take charge of designing something is the same person who criticize harshly it, because he saw the difficulties encountered during implementation.
Necessarily you need a figure to judge from an external point of view as objectively as possible the architectural item.
In fact the architects’ world can be divided into two distinct roles as two sides of same coin: on one hand, the ‘designer’ that seeks to create something from nothing, despite many difficulties, on the other the ‘critical’, that retrospectively analyzes what has already been created.
How to design today comes from an old tradition, but in the future it will not be in this way. A day would be a designer who suddenly disrupts the “rules”. For exemple Le Corbusier with his ‘Five points of new architecture’ radically twisted the way to plan: he had the daring idea of using reinforced concrete for the buildings’ structure instead of the usual bearing masonry.

Villa Savoye

To be able to plan coul not “copy” the style of a master like many architects use as a secure foothold for a claim professional. The architecture is in harmony with its environment, with its limitations, its technical problems and the landscape. If not we would always have the same item, mass-produced in assembly lines, which go well both in the desert and in the Himalaian snowy peaks.
“Criticizing” it is equally difficult for an inexperienced designer that when he would try to criticize might run the risk to create a vicious cycle that only paralyzes any idea.
Many “Archistars” on the international scene are able to embody both figures, but their criticism born to learn from mistakes and to continually seeking the perfection of their architectural language.

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Brion Cemetery, San Vito d’Altivole (TV), Italy

The Brion Cemetery is in San Vito d’Altivole near Treviso, Italy. Carlo Scarpa (1909-1978) designed the addition to a previous cemetery. He is buried in this cemetery in a well hidden spot under a very simple tombstone for a great architect like him, within the interstitial space created by the walls of the old and new cemeteries.

The perimeter walls are the same height as the surrounding corn, which deemphasizes the cemetery. It also includes an island which the visitor cannot access (arguably a metaphor for the afterlife).

Brion Cemetery

The window of the pavilion of meditation is in the form of a Vesica piscis, a repeated leitmotiv in Scarpa’s architecture. He had seen this mystical symbol in the absolute union betwen man and woman.

The Creator’s Words

“I would like to explain the Tomba Brion … The place for the dead is a garden….I wanted to show some ways in which you could approach death in a social and civic way…”

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Velasca Tower, Milan, Italy

Two years ago I had to go to Milan for work.
Just out of the city subway, I raised my head and I suddenly saw it in all its majesty.

Velasca Tower

It was built in 1954 by the BBPR architectural partnership, in the city centre of Milan.

The tower, approximately 100 metres tall, has a peculiar and characteristic mushroom-like shape.

As a consequence, the shape of this building is the result of a modern interpretation of the typical Italian medieval castle.

The tower is located in the city centre of Milan near the Duomo (Milan Cathedral) between Corso di Porta Romana and via Larga.

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Il regalo riciclato con in mezzo la DDR

Da quando mi sono iscritto all’università ho avuto sempre paura di ricevere i soliti regali che si fanno ad una laurea, gli inutili monili in argento tipo l’elefante porta fortuna, il set penna e calamaio che si usavano nel 1800 e che fanno tanto chic, collane, braccialetti ecc. ed infine il SET DA SCRIVANIA.
Voi direste tranquillamente “perché noi si e tu no?” avete ragione ma ci ho provato a scansarmeli.
Devo dire che per la mia laurea sono stato molto fortunato e grazie ad un “naturale e spontaneo” passaparola (vabbè ci ho provato a convincervi che fosse vero) ho ricevuto tanti bei libri che da solo non mi sarei mai comprato.

Senonché non avevo previsto un regalo da dei lontani parenti che non vedo mai, ma ai quali mia madre vuole tanto bene. Comunque mia mamma tutta contenta mi porta questo pacco da questi parenti che era andata a trovare portandogli pure la bomboniera.
Un pacco abbastanza voluminoso con questa carta anomina ed una buste di un negozio di corredi ….
Apro e dentro vi trovo un “meraviglioso” set da scrivania tutto in pelle invecchiata, stile country, borchie in ottone ….. qualcosa di speciale insomma.
A parte il fatto che è orribile, però capisco che c’è qualcosa che non va, la grafica della scatola, lo stile del set, l’ottone ossidato, uno strappo nel rivestimento dentro il portapenne, penso subito … o è un fondo di magazzino o riciclato.
Comunque telefono e ringrazio i parenti dicendo che il regalo è piaciuto, che non ci aveva pensato nessuno, ecc. e la storia finisce qui per il momento.
La sera successiva lo guardo attentamente … e più lo guardo più mi convinco che non è di questa epoca.
Alla fine osservo con attenzione il pesante posacenere di cristallo lavorato a mano, e leggo l’etichetta “Made in German Democratic Republic”
E mi chiedo:
1- era quella dell’Est o quella dell’Ovest?
2- quando è caduto il muro di Berlino, nell’89 o nel ’90?
Dopo lo choc iniziale mi ricordo che è la gloriosa Repubblica Democratica Tedesca, ormai scomparsa per sempre.
Mi passa davanti l’infanzia con i giocattoli “Made in Taiwan” o “Made in Formosa” a seconda dei casi, della tecnologia di qualità che era “Made in West Germany”, del tegolino della Mulino Bianco, delle merendine Mister Day, ecc.
Ovviamente di tutto questo mia mamma non sa niente, non voglio angustiarla, però dopo qualche giorno le chiedo: “ma … il figlio di questa zia quando si è laureato?”
risposta: “non mi ricordo … ma penso 20-25 anni fa”
Non mi rimane che ridere e tenermi stretto il posacenere, unica prova che mi rimane di una gloriosa nazione che ha dovuto fare i conti con la storia, il capitalismo, e la perestroica.
Ovviamente vi prometto che non riciclerò questo regalo, a meno che non voglia in futuro chiudere i rapporti con qualche parente.

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