Carlo Scarpa & Fernando Caruncho- water

In this post- we're having a short break in the next couple of weeks - I would like to speculate on connections between the architect Carlo Scarpa's and the garden architect Fernando Caruncho's use of water. This is prompted by an interesting post by an architecture student at Curtin University, Australia, blogging at architecture moves us. I am indebted to him for the use of the images below:

Here is his quote:

Born as Venetian, water is one of the greatest elements of Carlo Scarpa’s architecture. The cemetery is carved with a series of everflowing canals; sometimes flowing aside the path and sometimes within a pond surrounding the steps and pavillion.

This put me in mind of Caruncho's equally impressive, but more positive and sundrenched water parterres, large and reflecting to Scarpa's minimal but exquisitely detailed.

S'Agao garden
Caruncho garden

And in turn, there is something about how both these men imagine and build with water which reminds me of Calvino's meanderings in recollecting the city of venice...

"Kublai Khan does not necessarily believe everything Marco Polo says when he describes the cities visited on his expeditions, but the emperor of the Tartars does continue listening to the young Venetian with greater attention and curiosity than he shows any other messenger or explorer of his." So begins Italo Calvino's compilation of fragmentary urban images. As Marco tells the khan about Armilla, which "has nothing that makes it seem a city, except the water pipes that rise vertically where the houses should be and spread out horizontally where the floors should be," the spider-web city of Octavia, and other marvelous burgs, it may be that he is creating them all out of his imagination, or perhaps he is recreating details of his native Venice over and over again, or perhaps he is simply recounting some of the myriad possible forms a city might take.

Quote from review for Invisible Cities, amazon.com

Happy summer break, see you at the beginning of September.

Landscape architecture in Hampshire

Research, new ideas, understanding of the issues facing the landscape design sector are key to how we want to develop the portfolio and design ethos of our company. Last week one half of the Esterni Design Partnership attended an excellent talk at the Winchester Discovery Centre, Hampshire, UK. The speaker was Kim Wilkie, a distinguished and respected local landscape architect. The speaker identified a relationship between history, intended as the traces left on the landscape by human habitation over the centuries, and his practice's  design philosophy and work.

Historical landscapes

Hampshire has a tradition of grand homes with large green parks that are now being updated, in some cases re-working  original plans by Capability Brown. One of the private estates described was a particularly good interpretation of how we can adapt our present needs and aesthetic with frameworks inherited from the past.

Enjoy the green , green pictures of subtly structured landscape forms in this approach to sculpting the landscape.