Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hadrians Villa

I've been waiting nearly all semester to go here! It was amazing! I just wish we could have stayed longer; I feel like I only saw half of it.

Inside the Grande Terme

The Canopo-
this was gorgeous. it must have been amazing when it was built originally.
definitely a good model for a memorial.

in the Tres Esedre - 
picture of steph taking a picture of chrissy taking a picture of what we all tried to taka picture of at the same time.

don't make him angry... you won't like him when he's angry...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Campo di Fiore

Last night I stood in Campo di Fiore at 3:30 AM and there was no one there... wait. stop. no. no one.
I walked to the center and it felt like walking across an empty stage when there isn't anyone in the audience, no one to be seen in the whole theater. And the world feels so fragile, as if it's resting on the point of a pin, and the whole world holds its breath for fear if they exhale it will fall and shatter.

No, it didn't make me feel better and it didn't answer any questions or quell the rage of thoughts that flood my mind everyday, but it did bring to light something Higgins had said. How Rome was the backdrop for the greatest show ever performed...

I suppose that's why I have to leave in two weeks... because every actor must exit the stage as the script directs.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Culture Week!

Taking the opportunity to go to Castel Sant Angelo:
northfacing Logia

It's interesting how they've glazed these archways. I disapprove, but I do like the interesting character of the hallway.

framed. success.

this was an interesting balcony we noticed across the river. note: go see what that building is and if we can get inside.


Casa Malaparte
No cameras beyond this point.


Spanish Quarter

 Galleria Umberto

 Piazza Plebiscito

 Castel Nuovo

 Ballroom in the Archaeological Museum

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Jubilee, Calatrava, and MACRO

Richard Meier Jubilee Church

I like this church, and how it addressed the area and the needs of the area. however, I did not like the area. I also think it's a shame that the church is kept fenced in. The central part of the interior was functional and emotional but the secondary spaces lacked the same feel and I found myself wishing that these spaces and the short free standing partitions that helped form them weren't there.

Calatrava Construction Site- Citta Della Sport
Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Cervantes
I really wish that some projects were allowed to remain unfinished. I feel like this project is much more interesting in it's current state than it will be when finished. I would hate to see it with a roof.

Courtesy of Andrew Laux
I really liked everything about this display. It engaged the sense of smell, sight, and sound.
The building itself had some nice elements, the courtyard, rooftop, semi-circular stairs, and symmetry (oh yeah and a really cool bathroom), but I really think it's a shame when a building is not allowed to function as it was intended. What was intended to be public space was closed off, because someone decided that the courtyard entrance should be kept closed. It would have been really cool to see the space as a functional indoor/outdoor public space.