This essay about the legacy of Cardinal Mazarin, which includes several libraries, is included in my book The Modern Salonnière. The 34 other essays in…View More Libraries Are My Temples
Tag: Emotionality of Architecture
The emotionality of architecture is as real as the stone, steel and glass that forms the outer shell of a building.
If you don’t believe me, take a look at the studies in my diary entry Love Among the Ruins, the drawings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi emotive as they portray the archaeological site at Pæstum in its dilapidated state as sensitively as anyone could. Piranesi died before he could finish the set of etchings, which were grouped under the title Différents vues de Pesto, leaving his son Francesco to finish and published them.
Thanks to Sir John Soane’s acquisition of fifteen of the seventeen surviving Pæstum drawings in 1817, I was able to see them—restored and on view at the Morgan Library & Museum here in New York City, their debut in the United States. The visual narratives go beyond documenting the architecture; they illustrate the world that was being lived around it at the time. I could almost feel the stone cracking, the blocks of marble sinking deeper into the earth as the peasants lolled in the shadows of the colossal columns. It was as if the delineations of sunlight and shadow adjusted themselves along the striated surfaces of the edifices as I watched, the morning moving toward afternoon. It was a feeling I will never forget—that’s the emotionality of architecture.
It Is Time to Experience More
Experience more. It sounds like a simple directive but how many of us really take the time to savor what is happening right in front…View More It Is Time to Experience More
A Room with a View x 2
When I saw the expressive twin spaces Justin Shaulis created as one of American Standard’s 2015 DXV Design Panel participants, I knew I had to…View More A Room with a View x 2
Love Among the Ruins
How would it feel to spend your life so absorbed by crumbling architecture and disintegrating stone you could bring them vibrantly back to life with…View More Love Among the Ruins
Michele De Lucchi: A Conversation of Soul
The Greek philosopher Plato likened thought to “a conversation of the soul with itself—a philosophical communication.” It isn’t unusual for me to attend thought-provoking events…View More Michele De Lucchi: A Conversation of Soul
The Age of Genius
“Ordinary facts are arranged within time, strung along its length as on a thread,” writes Bruno Schulz in his short story The Age of Genius.…View More The Age of Genius
Dream of Venice
When JoAnn Locktov asked me to contribute a poem to the book she was planning to publish in collaboration with photographer Charles Christopher, I didn’t…View More Dream of Venice
Ode to The Panther
During my first trip to Argentina in 2004, my bucket list included visiting the Buenos Aires zoo. This was not a wish born of an…View More Ode to The Panther
The Sense of Beauty
I am guessing this will not come as much of a surprise to anyone but me. As I was digitizing the majority of my design…View More The Sense of Beauty
Creation’s Patient Search
The title of this post references a book penned by the lauded Swiss architect Le Corbusier, first published in 1960. In all honesty, it’s more…View More Creation’s Patient Search