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Dream of Venice Architecture
Dream of Venice Architecture

Dream of Venice Architecture

Photographs By Riccardo De Cal, Introduction by Richard J Goy, Edited by JoAnn Locktov


Dream of Venice


96 Pages, 9 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $26.99 (US $26.99) (CA $31.99)

Publication Date: May 2016

ISBN 9780990772514

Rights: US & CA

Bella Figura Publications (May 2016)

Price: $26.99


Winner, IPPY Silver Award in ArchitectureFinalist, 2016 Foreword Indies Award in ArchitectureAn intimate journey through the remarkable Venetian urban landscape, this book reveals the architectural features that contribute to the incredulity of the beautiful city from the mysterious sotoporteghi to the complexity of Carlo Scarpa's "immaculate detailing". Evocative photographs complement the personal reveries contributed by 36 notable international architects and architectural writers who have been inspired by the city and share in her wonder. Included are personal reflections from Tadao Ando, James Biber, Mario Botta, Michele De Lucchi, Massimiliano Fuksas, Robert McCarter, Richard Murphy, Witold Rybczynski, Annabelle Selldorf, and Thomas Woltz.


"With its artfully evocative photography and illuminating, often-poetic, essays, Dream of Venice Architecture pierces the myths and mist of this enchanting city with fresh insights into its myriad sensory pleasures. From exotic buildings whose facades resemble carpets to pirouetting wind vanes that signal the onset of the latest Adriatic weather, Dream of Venice Architecture captures both the magic and the mysteries of this 'precarious paradise.'"  —Blair Kamin, architecture critic, Chicago Tribune

"Dream of Venice Architecture is a visual and visceral examination of the dueling, often antithetical forces that make Venice like no other place. Architecture's top minds navigate the personal channels of memory in a city that is both sinister and tranquil, profound and lithe. Riccardo De Cal's haunting images demonstrate its multitudes—it is all encompassing and singular—somewhat like the human experience. You come to understand the idea that ancient Venice, built on brown waters, is beautiful in spite of itself."  —Mieke ten Have, design editor at large, Elle Decor

"Residents of 14th century Venice would still recognize their city today. Venice was built to fit into her liquid environment, at the same time fully respecting the needs of her inhabitants. Dream of Venice Architecture is a heartfelt invitation to learn what Venice can still teach us today about humane architecture."  —Iris Loredana, author, La Venessiana

"Venice belongs to the whole world, as demonstrated by these intensely felt reactions by people of many nationalities to its beauty and liveability—despite the uncontrolled tourist numbers. This should be a wake-up call to the Italian authorities who so mismanage the city."  —Anna Somers Cocks, former chairman, The Venice in Peril Fund, founder editor, The Art Newspaper

"Loved this book starting from the dedication to all Venetians, past present and future. The array of contributors provides privileged insight into the thinking of some of the most accomplished architects as well as a number of very interesting new discoveries. This is the exception to the rule that there are too many books on Venice!"  —Jane da Mosto, cofounder, We Are Here Venice

"Carlo Scarpa was the 20th Century's undisputed master of arranging materials, color, and form into architectural compositions and details that were at once tough and tectonic, but above all, so mind-blowingly sensuous and beautiful, they could bring tears to your eyes. This timely collection of personal observations about Venice, which include Scarpa's work, reminds us of his profound influence and unparalleled genius."  —John Friedman, FAIA

"Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Centuries of accumulation of historic layers have turned it into a complex and diverse city that every architect should visit some point of their life. This complexity also yields infinite ways to look at and examine Venice's rich canals, streets and architecture. In a particularly perceptive and emotional way, this book, thanks to the beautiful photos by Riccardo De Cal, shows us the city treasured by some of the world's most renowned architects and architectural writers."  —David Basulto, editor in chief, ArchDaily

"The essays are engaging and thought provoking, but so are the images . . . But Dream of Venice Architecture gets us to think outside the snow globe, to see parts of Venice we haven't seen, to pay attention to the unnoticed, to be surprised and delighted and curious again. So the book title fits just right." —Kathleen Ann Gonzalez,

Author Biography

Riccardo De Cal is a documentary filmmaker and photographer who focuses his work on architects, architecture, and restorations in the Veneto. He has exhibited at the Venice and Bucharest Biennales, the Milan Triennale, and film festivals in Lisbon, Cannes, and Venice. He lives in Asolo, Italy. Richard J. Goy is an architect with an expertise in the conservation and restoration of historic buildings. He is the author of The House of Gold, Venice an Architectural Guide, Venice: The City and Its Architecture, and Venice Vernacular Architecture. He divides his time between London and Venice.