Sunday, September 02, 2012

Yale Professor and Students Create Major Project for Architecture Biennale

This year's Venice Architecture Biennale includes a major project developed by architect and Yale School of Architecture Professor Peter Eisenman. Titled The Piranesi Variations, this multipart endeavor focuses on Giovanni Battista Piranesi's 1762 Campo Marzio dell'antica Roma, a folio of six etchings that depict his fantastical vision of what ancient Rome might have looked like, derived from years of archaeological and architectural research. Piranesi's images—precise, specific, yet impossible—have been a source of speculation, inspiration, research, and contention for architects, urban designers, and scholars since their publication 250 years ago.

Eisenman's The Piranesi Variations comprises three contemporary interpretations of the Campo Marzio drawings—by Eisenman Architects, in New York; architecture critic Jeffrey Kipnis, of The Ohio State University, Columbus; and architect Pier Vittorio Aureli, of DOGMA, in Belgium—and a historical and formal analysis by 12 Yale architecture students who were enrolled in a spring 2012 seminar on Piranesi taught by Mr. Eisenman and School of Architecture Critic Matt Roman (YSoA M.Arch '09). The project is on view in the Central Pavilion of the Giardini through November 25, 2012.