The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf



20 December 1778   Sunday

VuŰ laterale du Temple de Junon. A Colonne commune Ó cette partie, et Ó la fašade du temple qui regarde la mer. B l'autre c­tÚ opposÚ. Les trois socles C ne continuent pas, parce qu'ils se changent peu Ó peu en soubstructions vers la fin de cet Údifice. D Petite maison mode.     Franciscus Piranesi fecit
Side view of the Temple of Juno. A Column common to this part, and to the fašade of the temple which faces the sea. B the opposite side. The three plinths C do not continue, because they change little by little into substructures towards the end of this building. D Small common house.


20 December 1812   Sunday

The wind burst out from NW about 11 last night and has blown with violence ever since. Morning clear, thermometer 30 degrees, ground hard frozen. The roads are much smoothed and dusty. Dr. Moore preached, as always, affectingly, 15 or 20 minutes. On our return from Meeting we found Redwood here disappointed of a seat with T. G. who set off on horseback before he called on him. He left town on foot at 10 and walked here in three hours. T. Gilpin who spent 2 hours at Elwood got here at 1/2 past 1. He says that J. L. Fisher is brave[?], was sitting up and walking in his chamber. We dined comfortably and about 4 P.M. SL took Redwood in his gig and TG on horseback left us. I went over in the carriage and brought Sister Longstreth who with her sons Josiah and Thomas spent the evening with us till the moon was up as a light after 8. Thermometer not observed since AM. Wind continues high.


20 December 1998
Piranesi: inter-disciplinarian
...Piranesi employing both archeological skills and architectural/urban design skills to engrave the Ichnographia.


20 December 2013
20 December
This year's late Autumn is very different than last year's late Autumn--I've already had to shovel snow four times in the last two weeks. Despite the warmer temperatures, yesterday's and today's walk in the woods was still amidst a white blanket of snow--quite nice, actually. Saw a lone fawn yesterday, in the woods adjacent the cow pasture high point, the third time I'd seen it there since the controlled hunt on 4 November. I get a strong feeling that that's where the fawn last saw its mother alive. It's interesting how this animal's mind registers the spot of last sighting to then be, by default kind of, the spot of possible further sighting. A sadly innocent point of view, or is that exactly how hope operates?
Read this while having a late lunch: "Have you ever stopped to wonder anything about what you see there [ArchDaily] or on Archinect or Dezeen or ArchNewsNow or whatever blog or newsfeed you tune into (or tunes into you) every morning?" Figure out for yourself who wrote that in the book UPS delivered here today. I have to return/exchange one of the other books I received today; Project of Crisis is missing pages 123 through 154. Amazon is express shipping a new copy tomorrow. Such modern times we live in, or is it such Christmas (shopping) times we live in?
Reading over the last week and a half has been very Tafuri centric. So far finished Architecture and Utopia, "Ashes of Jefferson," (I think I'm going to read the chapters of The Sphere and the Labyrinth in reverse order) "The Boudoir in The Expanded Field," and "Manfredo Tafuri, or, Humanism Revisited." Last night I started to re-read Theory and History of Architecture. I'm reading the texts to learn/study the structure of Tafuri's history/theories, with particular focus on how Tafuri fit's Piranesi's Campo Marzio Ichnographia into his history. As I wrote a week ago, "Also, I'm currently re-reading Tafuri's Architecture and Utopia, and I have a heightened awareness of the avant-garde architectural lineage that Tafuri sees the Ichnographia Campus Martius as the progenitor of. I think it's now possible, however, to 'fabricate' a whole other avant-garde architectural lineage once one understands what the Ichnographia Campus Martius is really all about."
At this point I'm still reading, but I'm also beginning to formulate "a whole other avant-garde architectural lineage." It's rather inspiring to even imagine a whole other architectural history of the last 250 years. Aha, working title: Architecture post Semiquincentennial.


20 December 2017

Ichnographia Campus Martius   Roma Interrotta Sectors   plans images


20 December 2020

post community service   007


20 December 2022   Tuesday
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