I was curious about what makes a Piazza a Piazza, and not a Largo or some other classification of space. I’ll spoil the answer by telling you that it seems* that a church is required. One Piazza has a government building (though I think it used to be a church).
I have been doing them, I just haven’t been *posting* them. Unfortunately, the scanner is hard to get to, and my computer doesn’t have a card-reader, so I pretty much rely on Josemar, who is gracious enough to help me out. But he and I have been keeping different hours this weekend, so I haven’t gotten a chance to digitize my work. Expect several posts all at once though… eventually.By the end of this trip I might actually have something that looks something like a portfolio :]
Side note: by the end of the trip there is a good chance that I’ll be fluent in Italian, the trip 3/7 over and I’m already pretty facile, I’m gonna work hard to make it happen.
In preparation for Firenze (Florence) tomorrow, Alec W and I did a bunch of research about the history and the city in general. Lets see if it pays off; I’ll have another dozen half-finished sketches tomorrow night, I’m sure.
This is a partial figure ground of Siena, examining the area that my group is researching/ documenting. The poche’d blocks are those that we have investigated and documented already, and include about 1/5 of the total city, passing through Porta Ovile, and continuing out beyond the city-walls.
Part 1 of the Siena documentation is due Thursday, so more content then!
I think its incredible that this beautiful logo grew out of these little concept sketches that Josemar, Erick, and I did with Natascia Fenoglioand.
These are some other ideas, Wonderbreakfasts that could-have-been, if you will. One idea was to make “Big Breakfast,” in the form of a giant prop breakfast cum lounge. Another idea was to create a tasting map by taping spoons to the walls of Il Cubo and directing people to follow certain patterns. The third idea incorporated Saturday morning cartoons (since Saturdays are the only days I really remember eating “breakfast”) where guests would order and consume media, instead of food.
I checked out one of last year’s blogs and the quality of work is incredible.. Which has inspired me to try and post at least ONE thing EVERY NIGHT. I have like 20 unfinished sketches (unfinished to varying degrees) and so I want to take some time every night to finish one and post it.
Tonight’s sketch: The Colosseum.
The baths of Caracalla are now only ruins, but they were once a huge part of Roman public life (literally). They were built by the Emperor Caracalla around 200AD, and included extensive bathing facilities, a library, public space, and an area for athletics.
The massive architecture is said to have been an inspiration for McKim, Mead, and White when they were designing Pennsylvania Station in NYC.
This is a drawing off of an information sign, showing what the baths looked like prior to the Ostrogoths. I wish I could have seen the baths while they were operational, there is something very beautiful about the sheer size of them. Who knows though, maybe I even got to use them in a past life.