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Inverted Vedute

Travelers to Rome have recorded truthful and even fantastical topographic views of Rome for centuries. An important component of the Grand Tour, these vedute (literally: views) often framed the monuments of Rome. It has been noted that more than a few visitors to Rome were so taken by the vedute of Piranesi that they felt a little let down when they actually saw the real thing. In this exercise you are asked to look not at but from the monuments of Rome. As you wander around your new-found city try not to look as much at buildings but try to focus on the way in which buildings interact with their milieu.
Requirements: one image, 40 cm2
any media / collage / montage / multiple perspectives

250 word textual description of the milieu

How does the building change the way one views the city?

Assigned: 30 August 2010
Due: 09 September 2010

Website: http://vasi.uoregon.edu/

Visit: S Ignazio / Pantheon / Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta

Readings: Leatherbarrow, David. “Landings and Crossings.” and “Practically Primitive.” Architecture Otherwise. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2009.

Pallasmaa, Juhani. “Space and Image in Andrew Tarkovsky´s Nostalgia: Notes on a Phenomenology of Architecture.” Chora I: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture, Ed. Alberto Pérez-Gómez & Stephen Parcell, Montreal: McGill
Queen´s University Press, 1994.

Merleau Ponty, Maurice. “Film and the new Psychology.” Sense and Non-Sense trans. by Hubert Dreyfus and Patricia Allen Dreyfus, Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1964.

Merleau Ponty, Maurice. “Cezanne’s Doubt.” Sense and Non-Sense. Tr. Hubert Dreyfus & Patricia Allen Dreyfus, Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1964.