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Imprint of the Future: Destiny of Piranesi's City

Author/EditorAnna Martovitskaya (Author)
Martovitskaya, Anna (Author)
Publisher: DOM Publishers
ISBN: 9783869226071
Pub Date01/12/2020
BindingHardback
Pages168
Dimensions (mm)284(h) * 284(w)
$74.15
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Availability: 3 In Stock
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Russian architect and draughtsman Sergei Tchoban has always striven to
understand the laws which govern the development of cities such as his
native St Petersburg and the great prototypes in whose image it was
created. But is it possible to preserve such cities’ outstanding quality
today? Can we pursue this quality now, at the current stage of
development of architecture?
This catalogue poses these central questions. It accompanies an
exhibition of Tchoban’s work at the Istituto Centrale per la Grafica in
Rome, scheduled to take place from October 2020 to January 2021. It also
marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Giovanni Battista Piranesi:
Tschoban inserts emphatically futuristic structures into the Italian artist’s
eighteenth-century Roman street scenes. Do such works constitute
ruined masterpieces or imprints of the future? Is harmony being
destroyed or is a fundamentally new type of harmony being created?
Tchoban believes that a similar transformation of the European city has
been happening for at least a century and that society must finally work
out how to relate to this process. Essentially, Piranesi’s true legacy is a call
to an honest conversation regarding the layers and parts that constitute
the European city as both a highly important piece of our heritage and a
space for future development.

Russian architect and draughtsman Sergei Tchoban has always striven to
understand the laws which govern the development of cities such as his
native St Petersburg and the great prototypes in whose image it was
created. But is it possible to preserve such cities’ outstanding quality
today? Can we pursue this quality now, at the current stage of
development of architecture?
This catalogue poses these central questions. It accompanies an
exhibition of Tchoban’s work at the Istituto Centrale per la Grafica in
Rome, scheduled to take place from October 2020 to January 2021. It also
marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Giovanni Battista Piranesi:
Tschoban inserts emphatically futuristic structures into the Italian artist’s
eighteenth-century Roman street scenes. Do such works constitute
ruined masterpieces or imprints of the future? Is harmony being
destroyed or is a fundamentally new type of harmony being created?
Tchoban believes that a similar transformation of the European city has
been happening for at least a century and that society must finally work
out how to relate to this process. Essentially, Piranesi’s true legacy is a call
to an honest conversation regarding the layers and parts that constitute
the European city as both a highly important piece of our heritage and a
space for future development.

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