invisible cities by x9dIT3Z


									Invisible Cities:

       Concept City, Remote Cities,
       Nature and Music

   Italo Calvino & The Invisible Cities
   Your Views?
   Patterns of the Invisible Cities
   Other Kinds of Invisible Cities
   The Music Garden
   Conclusion?
     Italo Calvino

   One of the world's foremost
    postmodern authors;
   Calvino is listed alongside
    Philip Johnson's AT&T building,
    Disneyland, Monthey Python,
    Max Headroom, and Donald
    Bartheleme as the most
    prominent 'icons' of
    postmodernism (Pilz)
Structure of
Different Kinds
     Cities and memory.
     Cities and desire.
     Cities and signs.
     Thin cities.
     Trading cities
     Cities and eyes.
     Cities and names.
     Cities and the dead
     Cities and the sky.
     Continuous cities.
     Hidden cities.
     Outline of our Reading
     Marco Polo’s talk to Kubla Khan
       a.   The invisible will not perish;
       b.   Description of cities with gestures and language; the
            emperor’s responses
       a.   The past is always ahead of us; elsewhere is a negative
       b.   From gestures to words and back to gesture; the use of
       a.   Cities are made of desires and fears.
       Outline of our Reading
                                                                      Your views?
1. Cities and memory. 1. –Diomira – past happiness;
Cities and memory. 2. – Isidora – past desire;
Cities and memory. 3. – Zaira – past connections;
Cities and memory. 4. – Zora – described point by point, unmoved till it
2. Cities and memory. 5. –Maurilla – a postcard city
1. Cities and desire. 1. –Dorothea – 2 ways of describing a city
Cities and desire. 2. – Anastasia –describing the city vs. full experience
Cities and desire. 3. – Despina -- 2 perception of a city
2. Cities and desire. 4. –Fedora -- with a mental city which turns into a
1, Cities and signs. 1. – Tamara – arbitrary signs
Cities and signs. 2. – Zirma – The city is redundant, so is our memory,
     because they are repetitive.
2 Cities and signs. 3. –Zoe – a city which is a mixture of functions.
1. Thin cities. 1. – Isaura – a city of wells  two religions; (東石鄉; Venice?)
2. Thin cities. 2. –Zenobia – a city of platforms, balcony and ladders; not happy
     or unhappy, but one generating desires.
2. Trading cities. 1. – Euphemia – where merchants meet; to buy and sell, but
     also to tell stories.
 Patterns of the Invisible Cities
1.   City, memory and the past
        Desires are memories. Cities contain our
        Polo p. 28 – we know more about our past as
         we move ahead.
        A city’s past – pp. 10-11
2.   The Concept City vs. the Lived City –
        Dorothea: p. 9; Also city vs. desert
        Anastasia: p. 12 describing a city and desiring in
3.   City and Desires –
        Two perspectives. P.17 – Cities are formed by
         their opposites and desires.
 Patterns of the Invisible Cities
4.   Human constructions
        Religion
        Buildings – Isidora p. 8;
5.   Human Languages
        Signs – arbitrary (Are there any which
         are not signs?)
        Gestures and Signs
Invisible Cities II: Distant Cities

   Diomira p. 1:  City and Memory:
    Byzantium underneath Istanbul
   Isidora  City and Arts: Carpentry at
    古川 (a town in a mountain)
   Anastasia p. 12 City and Desire/Arts:
    Kite Festival at Lahore
   City and Signs/Postcards
Kite Festival at Lahore
   Basant, the festival
    that marks the start of
   Kite with “string coated
    by hand in a doughy
    substance which is
    impregnated with
    pulverised glass”
    ld/south_asia/2750193.stm )
    The Music Garden

   What do you think?
   General Design
   Efforts – Arts, Business and
   Music, Nature and Urban
Bach & Garden Plan
   Suite#1 I – Prelude II – Allemande III -Courante,

        IV – Sarabande, V - Menuet I , VI - Gigue

                                                       Bk 5
Toronto Music Garden
   From Boston’s City Hall Plaza to
    Toronto’s Harbor Front
Prelude: An undulating river
scape with curves and bends.

                           Response to
                               Bk 3
Allemande: A forest grove of
wandering trails.


                           Original plan:
                               Bk 7;
                            adjusted in
                           the new plan
                               Bk 14
Courante: A swirling path
through a wildflower meadow.


                               Bk 11
Sarabande: A conifer grove in
the shape of an arc

Sarabande: a poet's corner

   the garden's centerpiece is a huge
    stone that acts as a stage for readings,
    and holds a small pool with water that
    reflects the sky.

                Bk 13
Menuette: A formal flower
   Gigue: Giant grass steps that dance
    you down to the outside world.

                                      Bk 8; 12
Efforts – Arts, Business and

Efforts – Arts, Business and

    Different concerns of the Boston
    government: noise, money (to privatize
    the space to increase more economic
    interest), tourism, security
   To gain financial support: to ‘massage’
    the corporate power.                Bks 10;
Music, Nature and Urban

   Ma’s intention: to
    create a space for
    music without walls.
     what about
    traffic? (e.g. Bk 16)
Music, Nature and Urban

   Julie Messervy: To shape nature in
    simple forms (Bk 2)
   The film’s: Bk 9, 15
    Minuette: formal dance
   Hand-crafted with ornamental steel, a
    circular pavilion is designed to shelter
    small musical ensembles or dance groups.
Music and Nature: The Gigue
   or "jog" is an English dance, whose
    jaunty, rollicking music is interpreted
    here as a series of giant grass steps that
    offer views onto the harbor.

   A city can be variously defined,
    imagined, desired for, and connected
    to the past.
    Concept City does not just belong to
    the city planners. We also have our
    concepts in the use of signs, memories
    and through our desires and efforts in
   Pilz, Kerstin. ”Reconceptualising thought
    and space: labyrinths and cities in
    Calvino's fictions.” Italica, Summer 2003
    v80 i2 p229(15)
   Toronto Music Garden Photo Gallery---
    Inspired by Bach: Yo Yo Ma
   Loraine Hunter

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