The Venice variations tracing the architectural imagination

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,...

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Main Author: Psarra, Sophia
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: London UCL Press 2018, 2018
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Collection: JSTOR Open Access Books - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
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
Physical Description:1 online resource illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
ISBN:9781787352414
1787352412