All posts tagged: elements

Elements of Venice by Giulia Foscari

Elements of Venice is an extraordinarily well-researched and presented research effort, led a written by a key member of the Venice Biennale team, architect Giulia Foscari, a daughter of Venice with impeccable credentials and profound insights into the nature and history of the great, enigmatic City of Venice. This work will be intriguing for those just beginning to dip their toes into the lagoon of Venice’s cultural and architectural history. It is also a boon for those now fully immersed into the deep historical waters of La Serenissima. “Developed as a research project parallel to FUNDAMENTALS – the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, curated by Rem Koolhaas – this book introduces a radically new way of seeing Venice. With examinations of twelve different architectural elements, the guide allows readers to better understand the fundamental transformations that have shaped Venice over the past ten centuries.” This Biennale opened at the end of June 2014, with this book printed in June as well. The Foreword by Rem Koolhaas states that the presented research “…presents micronarratives revealed by focusing …

‘SPACES’ by Material Immaterial studio

Design studio’s descripton: ‘ Space is the breadth of art ‘                                                             – Frank Lloyd Wright Space constantly encompasses our being like an inherently formless vapour. Its visual form, its dimensions and scale, the quality of its light, all of these elements deepen our perception of the spatial boundaries defined by elements of form. As space begins to be captured, enclosed, moulded, and organised by the elements of mass and volume, architecture comes into being. Many of the best and most influential buildings of the last century are constructed with concrete, from Le-Corbusier’s quintessentially modernist Villa Savoye, to Frank Lloyd Wright’s spellbinding Falling water, and from Oscar Niemeyer’s nation defining Brasilia, to Tadao Ando’s exhilarating Church of the Light. We at the ‘Material Immaterial studio’ have conceived these miniature concrete pieces that we fondly call “SPACES” to advocate and celebrate concrete’s beauty efficacy and its incalculable contribution to creating and defining spaces in the modern life. Each piece is an individually complete space defined by Volumes and voids that give the human imagination a glimpse …