The Invisible 

 

 

Cities

 

 

II

 

Pieter Bruegel the Elder: "The Tower of Babel" (of Vienna), 1563.

Source: Google Art Project, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.

 

 

 

Realism and abstraction in:

 

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525-30-1569)

Hans Vredeman de Vries (c. 1527-c. 1607),

Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677),

Hugh Ferriss (1889-1962).

 

 

 

Work on perspective by Hans Vredeman de Vries.

Source: Deutsche Fotothek in Dresden, Germany Saxon State Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LIVING CITY

 

Once again. “All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable.” Humane architectural values are life-giving always, never life-taking.

 

Extract from “The living city” by Frank Lloyd Wright, Part Three, “Decentralization”: Recapitulation; Horizon Press, New York 1958.

 

 

 

Ancora una volta. "Tutti i bei valori architettonici sono valori umani, oppure non hanno valore". I valori architettonici umani sono sempre datori di vita, dalla vita non prendono mai nulla.

 

Tratto da "La città vivente" di Frank Lloyd Wright, Parte terza, "Decentramento": Riepilogo, Giulio Einaudi editore, Torino, 1991.

 

 

 

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "Windsor Castle".

Source: The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library of

University of Toronto - The W. Hollar Collection.

 

Hans Vredeman de Vries: from "Variae architecturae formae", 1636. Source: Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "London before and after the fire".

Source: The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library of

University of Toronto - The W. Hollar Collection.

 

Work into the  perspective by Hans Vredeman de Vries.

Source: Deutsche Fotothek in Dresden, Germany Saxon State Library.

 

 

 

 

 

Hans Vredeman de Vries: from "Variae architecturae formae", 1636. Source: Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

 

Pieter Bruegel the Elder: "Four-master and Two Three-masters Anchored near a Fortified Island from The Sailing Vessel", 1561-65.

Source: THE MET, Metropolitan Musum of Art, New York.

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "English Lady in Winter Costume"

(The Winter habit of an English Gentlewoman), 1644.

Source: THE MET, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

 

Hans Vredeman de Vries:

"Christ in the house of Martha and Mary", 1556. Source: The Royal Collection Trust, Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, U.K.

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "Head of a Young Black Boy

in Profile to the Right", 1645.

Source: THE MET, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

 

Hans Vredeman de Vries: from "Variae architecturae formae", 1636. Source: Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

 

Frans Hals: Portrait of René Descartes (1596-1650), 1649,

source: Wikipedia.

 

Rumold Mercator (1545-1599), cartographer: 

picture taken from "Orbis terrae compendiosa descriptio

Quam ex Magna universali Gerardi Mercatoris",

Bibliothéque nationale de France, Paris, France; www.gallica.bnf.fr .

 

Pieter Bruegel the Elder: "Big fish eat little fish", 1556,

Albertina Museum, Vienna, Austria. Source: Google Art Project.

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "God calls Abraham".

Source: The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library of

University of Toronto - The W. Hollar Collection.

 

Hans Vredeman de Vries: from "Variae architecturae formae", 1636. Source: Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "Letter A".

Source: The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library of

University of Toronto - The W. Hollar Collection.

 

 

 

VER:WEST: "Elements Of A New Life", Netherlands, 2021.

 

Hans Vredeman de Vries: from "Variae architecturae formae", 1636. Source: Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "Town and country mouse".

Source: The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library of

University of Toronto - The W. Hollar Collection.

 

Pieter Bruegel the Elder: "Hunters in the snow" (Winter), 1565,

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna. Source: Google Art Project.

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "The fly and the ant".

Source: The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library of

University of Toronto - The W. Hollar Collection.

 

Pieter Bruegel the Elder: "The Peasant Wedding", 1567.

Source: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna; Google Art Project.

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "The sick kite and its mother".

Source: The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library of

University of Toronto - The W. Hollar Collection.

 

 

 

 

Hendrik Hondius: "Nova Totius Terrarum orbis Geographica ac Hydrographica Tabula", 1641, Nasjonalbiblioteket, Oslo, Norway; www.nb.no . Data source: Wikimedia Commons.

 

Book header of "Le Monde", 1664, in Paris, by René Descartes.

Source: gallica.bnf.fr, Bibliothèque nationale de France.

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "Glastoniensis" (Glastonbury).

Source: The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library of

University of Toronto - The W. Hollar Collection.

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "Boar, after Cranach".

Source: The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library of

University of Toronto - The W. Hollar Collection.

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "The prospect of Bermingham" (Birmingham).

Source: THE MET, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "Bust of a deformed old woman with one tooth, facing left", after Leonardo da Vinci, 1665.

Source: THE MET, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

 

 

 

 

 

Hans Vredeman de Vries: from "Variae architecturae formae", 1636. Source: Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

 

Hans Vredeman de Vries: "Questo è Pietro Aretino, Poeta Tosco, 1640

(This is Pietro Aretino, Tuscan Poet).

Source: THE MET, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

 

Hans Vredeman de Vries: "Naves Mercatoria Hollandiae

Societas Indiae Orientalis" (Dutch East Indiaman), 1647.

Source: THE MET, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

 

Nicaolas Malebranche: "De la Recherche de la verité"

(On Search for the truth), in Paris, 1678.

Source: gallica.bnf.fr, Bibliothèque nationale de France.

 

Hans Vredeman de Vries: from "Variae architecturae formae", 1636. Source: Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "Dutch Freighters or Flutes"

("Naues Mercantoriæ Hollandicæ, vulgo VLIETEN"), 1647.

Source: THE MET, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "Charonia tritonis".

Source: The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library of

University of Toronto - The W. Hollar Collection.

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "A yacht and three warships in a storm", 1665.

Source: THE MET, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

 

Wenceslaus Hollar:ca. 1646 - "Shell: Hebrew Volute, Voluta ebraea".

Source: THE MET, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "Interior of the crypt of St Paul's" (St. Faith).

Source: The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library of

University of Toronto - The W. Hollar Collection.

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "Dead Mole", 1646.

Source: THE MET, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

 

Wenceslaus Hollar: "London before and after the fire", 1666.

Source: The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library of

University of Toronto - The W. Hollar Collection.

 

Gustave Doré: 1886, Illustration from the book

"Aventures du Baron de Münchhausen" by Rudolf Erich Raspe.

Source: gallica.bnf.fr - Bibliothèque nationale de France.

 

 

 

T  H  E     M  A  R  I  N  D  U  C  T

THE MARINE WATER AQUEDUCT

 v i s i o n   o f   l i f e

 

D  E  E  P     B  L  U  E

SEAWATER  FOR  OVER  200,000 POOLS OF

L  O  S     A  N  G  E  L  E  S

 a   s i g n   o f   l i f e

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

D    U    N    E    S

THE MARINDUCT OASIS SYSTEM

 v i s i o n s   o f   l i f e

 

T H E   P E N S I L E   P O O L S

BY BRIDGE-POOLS

 a   s i g n   o f   l i f e

 

THE ROLLER COASTER OF STAIRS

A  LABYRINTH OF STAIRS

FOR SEAWATER FUN PARKS

 v i s i o n   o f   l i f e

 

 

 

S T A I R S   I N   T H E   W A T E R

A SEAWATER SPORTING & FUN PARK

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T H E   N A U T I L U S

A VILLAGE IN THE DESERT

 v i s i o n s   o f   l i f e

 

T H E   B L U E   S H E L L

A HOME WITH SAND SHIELD

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T H E   Z E B R A S

CHAIRS & TABLES

IN POLYCARBONATE & ALUMINIUM TUBES

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Even the longest journey begins with a first step! Systemic Habitats is on line since the 18th of May 2012. This website was created to publish online my ebook "Towards another habitat" on the contemporary architecture and urbanism. Later many other contents were added. For their direct or indirect contribution to its realisation strarting from 2012, we would like to thank: Roberto Vacca, Marco Pizzuti, Fiorenzo and Raffaella Zampieri, Antonella Todeschini, All the Amici di Marco Todeschini, Ecaterina Bagrin, Stefania Ciocchetti, Marcello Leonardi, Joseph Davidovits, Frédéric Davidovits, Rossella Sinisi, Pasquale Cascella, Carlo Cesana, Filippo Schiavetti Arcangeli, Laura Pane, Antonio Montemiglio, Patrizia Piras, Bruno Nicola Rapisarda, Ruberto Ruberti, Marco Cicconcelli, Ezio Prato, Sveva Labriola, Rosario Francalanza, Giacinto Sabellotti, All the Amici di Gigi, Ruth and Ricky Meghiddo, Natalie Edwards, Rafael Schmitd, Nicola Romano, Sergio Bianchi, Cesare Rocchi, Henri Bertand, Philippe Salgarolo, Paolo Piva detto il Pivapao, Norbert Trenkle, Gaetano Giuseppe Magro, Carlo Blangiforti, Mario Ludovico, Riccardo Viola, Giulio Peruzzi,  and last but not least Ahmed Elgazzar.   M.L.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

 

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