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Two Glimpses

The City-State of Calvino

The palace of President Emmanuel Vilgo sits between the city of Calvino and the sea. In the past, it was a magnificent sight to behold, with its white towers rising over the messy collection of two and three story buildings that is Calvino’s West Ward. 688 altre parole


Imagining the Future

Excited to be giving a keynote talk at the Venice Biennale on the 25th of this month on cities, architecture and Utopia (thanks to the British Council and the Flanders Architecture Institute especially for their support). 80 altre parole

If on a Winter's Night a Traveller

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller – Italo Calvino

This is a book I have been meaning to read for a long time but I definitely struggled… 671 altre parole


Invisible Cities, most sophisticated book without a plot

The point of this book is absolutely nothing, and that is its beauty as well. Calvino might have easily escaped a lot of essays in his highschool, am sure.  254 altre parole


Invisible Cities I

One of my all-time favorite books, by Italo Calvino, is Invisible Cities. As expected, it is probably the wanderlust in my blood, but each City is a place I feel like I have been. 391 altre parole


Why do we collect?

In 1974 the Italian writer Italo Calvino wrote an essay called ‘Collection of Sand:

In a recent Paris exhibition about bizarre collections – collections of cowbells, bingo games, bottle-tops, terracotta whistles, train-tickets, spinning-tops, toilet-paper packaging, collaborators’- badges during the German occupations, embalmed frogs – the case with the collection of sand was the least showy but also the most mysterious, the one that seemed to have most things to say, even through the opaque silence imprisoned behind the glass of the jars’.

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Today has been a tough day… There are so many things to be done, not so much time to do them, and I feel like everyone around me is so secure and confident. 369 altre parole