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Architecture + Urbanism recommends "Palladio Virtuel"

Thursday, August 9, 2012

An upcoming exhibit at the Yale School of Architecture is turning the work of Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio on its head. Through an in-depth examination of 20 Palladio-designed villas, architect Peter Eisenman and Yale architecture critic Matthew Roman counter notions that the architect’s work was founded on ideal forms. Using color-coded diagrammatic models of each villa (highlighting traditional architectural components such as the portico, circulation, and central figured spaces) the pair argues that the villas’ forms fell away from the architect’s renowned part-to-whole stability to the point that their components became unrecognizable. Even Palladio was willing to reread and renegotiate his designs. At the end of his life, the architect redrew his buildings to reflect new ideas about how he wanted the structures to look and function. Eisenman has referred to the value of Palladio previously.

The exhibition runs from 20 August - 27 October 2012

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