The MA Architecture + Urbanism course is the Manchester School of Architecture's taught postgraduate course which conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work which builds on the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities.

Thursday 9 August 2012

Architecture + Urbanism recommends "Palladio Virtuel"

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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