Title: With cities, it is as with dreams - Code: M1V7F8
Contest: Venice / 2011
By: P. Baktash / S. Shirshekar

Views: 2625 Likes: 2




With cities, it is as with dreams

With cities, it is as with dreams: “Everything imaginable can be dreamed, but even the most unexpected dream is rebus that conceals a desire or, its reverse, a fear.  Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

The Venice of today, an urban architectural gem, a pearl that rests within the water, bound by the sky, and composed of buildings framed by each other, has reached her un-destined path of total stillness.  An everlasting romantic fairytale – Venice’s dream no longer reflects her desires.  She’s lost herself within a body of rules that restrict her from advancing forward.  No longer a city of our time, she carries the identity of a city governed by the fragments of her past, a predictable spectacle.

The Venice of our dreams, the city we imagine in the future, is a hybrid conurbation composed of site-specific interventions that reject restrictions and imposed limitations. Simultaneously enhancing the biggest fears and inviting the deepest desires, whatever they may be.  These interventions encourage euphoria and reveal new and unvisited dimensions within the city’s fabric.

We invite you to take a ride on the Sky-dola, Venice’s newest means of transportation. Allow yourself to have a total out of body experience, as you sit inside a private capsule, glide along the Canal Grande, over and above the various Venetian canals and calle, through the various piazze, and between the sestieri. Allow yourself to observe the piazza from above and note its various patterns of gathering, passing, and resting, watch the calle beneath you fill with the traffic of tourist, witness the frustration of the locals, but most importantly, observe the beauty that lies within – the magnificence that cannot be captured in a postcard.  Take this opportunity aboard our capsule, the Sky-dola, and experience the in-between dimensions of Venice’s architectural edifices, pass a palazzo and notice its striking proportions and elegant pose.  Take advantage of this capsule as it moves you around the city swiftly.  Fear not the Acqua Alta, watch the waters rise below you, dip into the water and observe nature taking its course.

Come experience the Venice of our dreams, everything imaginable can be dreamed, cities like dreams are made of desires and fears, allow yourself to experience this magnificent city by land, water and now, the sky!


Title: With cities, it is as with dreams

Time: 6 giugno 2011
Category: Venice
Views: 2625 Likes: 2

Tags: Acqua alta , Baktash , Dream , Grand Canal , Italo Calvino , Italy , New York City , Scripps Institution of Oceanography , Shirshekar , Venice