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Venice, Italy

5” x 8.25” ink pens, in Moleskine sketchbook
 

 This is a sketch of the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. I arrived here at 0815 hrs on June 15th in 2005 with my friends. Javier and I had breakfast (as my journal reminds me), and the hot chocolate was “silky!” We were all ooh-ing and aah-ing at the sights, we could not believe we were there. After looking at photos online and in magazines, we were actually here! It was early and vendors were still setting up their stalls of beautiful produce. I love water and I love boats, this makes Venice one of my FAVORITE cities in the world. I took many photos of dogs there as I did for my entire Euro Trip, in fact my professor often remarked, “What is it with you and the dogs?!!” I would just laugh. As the city, its tourists and its people began to wake, the city bustled… Boats, vendors, people… busy busy busy! The Piazza San Marco (with a size equivalent to two football fields laid back-to-back), St Mark’s Campanile and the Basilica, all tied together to knit this marvelous public space with breadth, height, focal point, facades, and people… The heart of Venice is the Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square), the entrance to which is marked by a pair of granite columns brought from Constantinople. Topping one is a winged lion, the symbol of St. Mark; the city’s original patron saint, Theodore, crowns the other.

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The Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy

BUILT on water more than 1,000 years ago by men who defied the sea, Venice has been called “the most beautiful city in the world.” Italians call it “La Serenissima,” which means “the most serene.” With its intriguing maze of narrow winding streets (calli), canals (rios) and squares (campi) – and its majestic palaces (palazzos), churches (basilicas) and museums (museos) reminiscent of Byzantine, Gothic and Renaissance styles- “Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go,” Truman Capote once said. Explorer Marco Polo, musician Antonio Vivaldi and adventurer Giangiacomo Casanova wandered this city, which is built on 118 islands four kilometers from the Italian mainland. Modern Venice is crisscrossed by more than 150 canals and 400 bridges. Some 20 million people converge on the city each year to experience its myriad sights and sounds.

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Random people randomly pointing

Buses and cars enter Venice’s city center, Piazzale Roma, at the head of the famous Grand Canal (Canalazzo), the city’s main thoroughfare. It’s here that the richest families in Venice built magnificent palaces, and the panorama from the 2-mile-long ribbon of water that winds through the city in an inverted “S” is breathtaking. The Rialto Bridge, where the canal narrows and boat traffic increases, marks the commercial hub of the city, with shops and open-air markets. Venice’s number-one product is Murano glass.

Reference: Venice: City of Canals by Heike Hasenauer

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Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Above is the negative of my sketch of the Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona, Spain. Part of my journal entry for that day on the 22nd May 2005 says:

We arrived at 7:10am in Barcelona. GM got pick-pocketed. JG hurriedly woke John and I up (for fear that Chase would leave us) and we were up and out in a sec. Going to the Sagrada Familia by Gaudi. Dove coves where they collect the droppings of doves and use as fertilizers. The first pics are the east end/ the apse end. Gaudi building still under construction. Nice pond across the street in front of it. For Gaudi God was in gravity. Revenue from tourists are a huge part of money for completion, esp. the Japanese. It is Art Nouveau in the craft tradition. Artists are outside on the pavements selling their artwork. They are old artists. The fruits on top of the pinnacles represent seasonal fruits. The grapes represent the blood of Jesus. East sunrise and the Navity represent birth of Christ, on the west, the death of Christ. Splayed corner by Certa. Cars parked in middle of street like the median w/ one side for bicycles an the other, one-way traffic. Axis to connect Sagrada Familia and the Hospital de Pau by Montana on Avinguda de Gaudi. Almost all the city’s corners are chamfered. Apts face the ‘rotunda’ that is created by the chamfered corners. They employ people to keep the streets and the city clean. It is cheaper to keep people employed than maintain them in prisons. In the prisons you cannot vote.

From my Eurotrip 2005 journal

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today”

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Interior of Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain

This is another sketch I did in 2005 at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain designed by Frank Gehry. To see my previous sketch click here. The comment written above occurred when I realized that (to me) the interior was a conversation between the horizontal and the sinuous. I thought to myself (and on paper), “Only the horizontal surfaces are level!…everything else is not, they’re curved!” The lines, the materials, rhythm, opacity, transparency…the interior is replete with these dialectics in architecture that I delight in.

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Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain

This is a sketch I did at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. The taking of photos were not allowed inside, so we used our hands to capture the interstitial spaces, curves, lines, and much more. Designed by Frank Gehry, the museum has lifted the city of Bilbao. The building is impressive with so much to see and experience. I appreciate its siting because it affords glimpses, surprise views, and great photographs.

There are many criticisms of the Guggenheim for its design, and its success (or lack of) as a public space.  I would say, “Go experience it yourself.” The time of day, year and even season affects your feel, like or dislike of a place, or space. I would agree the building does seem to turn its back on the river and the surrounding context. The public and the river could have been brought in more successfully making the building a better component of the urban fabric. But that’s just me. Fact is, you cannot criticize something when nothing exists. Did we know of Bilbao before the Guggenheim and Calatrava’s bridges were placed there? Not as much as we know now I bet.

Busy Architect…Busier Architect >>>

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Cathedral in Valencia

This is a sketch I did of the Cathedral of Valencia, Spain in 2005. The Cathedral is primarily of Gothic style but contains elements of Baroque and Romanesque architecture. Valencia is the birthplace of renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, who designed the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences.


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World Cup 2010 Winners - Spain

I would like to congratulate Spain and the Netherlands on a nail biting World Cup finale of “almost” goals and a fight to the finish. It was for me, one of the best finales. It was filled with excitement, some terrible fouls (kung fu), hard running, tackling, ball possession, technique…it was fantastic!

Spain persevered and got the winning goal in the end. I did not want this game to go into penalty kicks AT ALL, because we all know penalty shoot outs can be very unfair and does not indicate who really played the better ball. Well done Netherlands, you all put up a great fight (De Jong, keep your studs down next time please…this is football, not martial arts).

Puyol, my goodness, you are indeed a warrior! You fouled Robben I thought…but you go all out buddy…just awesome! Robben, I feel your pain…I was speechless that neither of those two chances converted. Well done though.

Casillas, fantastic work. Iniesta, good ball playing throughout, great goal. Xavi, Villa, Navas….congrats!

To all football lovers everywhere…we had a great world cup of great upsets and a great finale.. What the hell will we look forward to now? It was a great fete!

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Wish you the best!

007/365

I am a football fan (yes football…or soccer if you prefer). I look forward to Sunday afternoon for a great game of skill, technique and determination. Who wants it more? The Dutch, or the Spanish? I always root for good football first…whoever plays the better game, I’m all for that. I will be supporting the Dutch on Sunday however. I grew up watching great players like Ruud Gullit, and Marco van Basten to name a few. I also have a couple very close dutch friends, and if all of Holland is like them…they deserve to win! Gijs, and Licia, I will be rooting for you!

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Campo Volantin Table

I have been experiencing designers’ block the past few days. Boy oh boy! I had to post a table design I did 3 or 4 years ago, the inspiration of which is the Campo Volantin Pedestrian Bridge by Santiago Calatrava in Bilbao, Spain (design details not included). The detailing of the bridge is great. I back-packed throughout Europe for 6 weeks in 2005. It was one of the BEST times in my life…and seeing Calatrava’s work was really great. His details and connections are worthy of much study and examination. See the photo below which  took while on my trip.

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Campo Volantin Pedestrian Bridge by Santiago Calatrava

Gorgeous isn’t it?!
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