April 30, 2017

'Venice: A Provocative Paradox' Panel Discussion

On May 16, 2017 'Venice: A Provocative Paradox' panel discussion and book signing will take place at the National Arts Club at 8:00 p.m. located at 15 Gramercy Park South.

by New York Spaces

"Venice is not on the sea but of the sea, eclipsing the tale of Atlantis with a modern mythology both repeated and rewritten with every tide." Cynthia Davidson

On May 16, 2017 "Venice: A Provocative Paradox" panel discussion and book signing will take place at the National Arts Club at 8:00 p.m. located at 15 Gramercy Park South.

"Venice, for me, is a metaphor for unexpected creative possibilities."
Louise Braverman, FAIA

Moderator: Louise Braverman, FAIA
Panel: Cynthia Davidson, James Biber, FAIA, Max Levy, FAIA

Often the first reaction to Venice is one of feeling overwhelmed by the astonishing beauty of her existence. Yet if we dig a bit deeper inherent contradictions begin to appear. How do we make rational sense of a city that floats on water? What are the features that contribute to our incredulity, and what can we learn from them? From the original muddy wilderness of the 5th century to a beguiling built environment, Venice remains 1,500 years later, a provocative paradox of visceral and visual inspiration.

The evening will be an exploration into the remarkable architectural elements that make Venice unique in the

Dream of Venice Architecture
"Dream of Venice Architecture."

world. The participants are all contributors to Dream of Venice Architecture, where they reflect on how Venice has influenced their lives and work. The book is second in a series that has been developed by JoAnn Locktov to celebrate Venice as a contemporary living city.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Louise Braverman, FAIA, is an award-winning New York based architect who has been invited to exhibit at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012, 2014, and 2016. Working locally and globally, her firm has recently designed medical staff housing in Kigutu, Burundi and art museums in Boticas, Portugal and Riverdale, New York.
Cynthia Davidson was the co-curator of the USA Pavilion for the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. She is a writer and editor of the international architectural journal Log and the Writing Architecture series of books published by MIT press.
James Biber, FAIA, designed the USA Pavilion at Expo Milan in 2015. His firm has designed a wide range of projects from private residences and museums, to restaurants and schools.

Max Levy, FAIA, is known for buildings that bring nature into play. His widely published work has received numerous local, state, and national design awards. Though based in Texas, he is inspired by Venice for the way in which it is so thoroughly interwoven with nature.

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