We will begin the semester in an Italian Renaissance garden. These gardens are pure formal, spatial, and sequential plays. They are superfluous, unprogrammed, tectonic spaces with thick layers of spatial sequence and narrative potential. Some call them models of cities or earthly diagrams of paradise. Some call them lovely stage sets for the theaters of promenades that play out within them. We’ll explore these meanings, measure the garden situation, and specify a drawn and modeled description thorough enough to make the garden dissolve away in order to reveal a beautiful narrative of form, space, and sequence that transcends the artifact from which we began.
Below is a list of the six (6) gardens we will be studying throughout the semester. Each garden is known by few different names. A few are iconic and unique names (Villa Dona Dalle Rosa). A few are one of various gardens with that same name (Villa Medici). The link provided on each name is the wikipedia page for that garden.
Please choose a garden to work on. The maximum number of students who can work on each garden is specified adjacent to the garden description.
Email me: email@example.com from your sdstate account with your choice of garden and class number in the subject line of the email (ex: ARCH 251-Villa Medici). Within the body of the email, include your second and third choice of garden in case your first choice is already taken. First come, first served!!!
Villa d’Este Renaissance @ Tivoli, Rome by Ligorio in 1550 (3 STUDENTS MAX.)
Villa Lante Mannerist @ Bagnaia, Tuscany by Vignola in 1550 (2 STUDENTS MAX.)