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Venice: architecture and memory

Mario Botta explains why we feel that Venice belongs to us.
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If, however, we look at Venice for its housing structure, its history, its historical and morphological evolution, we can say that Venice is a marvel of the world. So, why do we feel good about Venice? Because, despite all the differences, we feel that it belongs to us, it’s the archetype of the old town centre, it’s the ideal model of the city that we yearn for without knowing it, but in which we recognize ourselves. We understand that we are part of those who built Venice; although we are distant from the Dogi, when we see them we feel that the Dogi are a part of us.
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So, it is the value of memory, the value of recollection, that cities convey in an extraordinary way, and that is perhaps where we can conclude the series that sees the focus of architecture on the realm of recollection, that is, architecture as a given to address the contingent and uncertain conditions of everyday life, becoming thus an instrument, for the extent of its duration, of the realm of recollection, which is something we need in order to resist the contradictions of today.
Interviewer’s question: “Venice is an example of architectures that are attractive because they are wonderful, but risk, on the other side, to be denaturalized by tourism. What do you think about these processes?”
In the second part of the video about Venice, Mario Botta explains why we feel that Venice belongs to us: it is the ideal model of the city that we yearn for without knowing it, but in which we recognize ourselves; we understand that we are part of those who built Venice. It is the value of memory, that cities convey in an extraordinary way.
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