timeless hill towns of central italy
We joined throngs of people pounding the pavements of these picturesque medieval and renaissance towns in the searing heat. The beauty is still timeless view images of: sparkling Byzantine mosaics of Basilica San Vitale in Ravenna, Gradara, Gubbio, Perugia, Siena, Urbino and San Gimignano.
We sometimes consider how people in those times would have lived such a hard life, with little of the comforts we have today. But what a beautiful environment they had! How would they feel about being landed in one of our cities or suburbs?
beautiful urban spaces
Fluid, winding roads - buildings folding and bending to create the urban piazza and the pathway. Only significant buildings are stand alone structures, sculptures in the landscape. This contrasts with buildings of today where a higher proportion of buildings are stand alone, sculptural icons in the landscape. For instance, the proposal for a new Manly Library is presented as all about the new building, with some spaces around it. It might be interesting to see this as an opportunity to create a beautiful urban space first, with an interesting building second.
buildings adapted over time
I noticed the way each building adapted over time – windows clearly filled in and replaced in different locations – additional stories added within the building envelope. Different styles and eras of building within the same structure. Current practice is to preserve the old and separate blend the new. Could this be used in our alterations and additions?
What can we build that people will throng to see in hundreds of years?
- luisa manfredini
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