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#KALEIDEXPO at Milano Expo 2015

The Irrational City rises questions about Venice. In this city, what is irrational? The rigid flows of tourists or the uprising flow of water? The intended project site - Santa Lucia Railway Station - is the urban junction where the forced adaptation of two opposite systems - the contemporary time of the mainland and the suspended time of the laguna – makes the present logic intruding in a physical unaltered structure.

The symbolic reference is the Pythagorean idea of numbers being the essence of everything or, more precisely, that the principles of mathematics are also the principles of the entire reality. Permanence and immutability are key features of such a scenario where every shape is the expression of a number.

Venice, with its fixed border line in space and time, is definitively Pythagorean. Here the overlapping element of modernity creates a short circuit that could admit to be represented only by an irrational number. π, the first letter of περίμετρος (perimetros), meaning 'measure around' in greek, is an homage to this extra-ordinary city.

THE IRRATIONAL CITY IS THE SCALE MODEL REPLICA OF THE PROJECT PLANNED FOR THE AREA OF THE VENICE RAILWAY STATION. IT WAS FIRST PRESENTED IN 2002 AT THE XIII VENICE BIENNALE AS PART OF THE EXHIBITION TRACES OF CENTURIES & FUTURE STEPS.

 

 

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CONCEPT AND DESIGN/
PAOLO CESARETTI

VISUAL DESIGN/
CLAUDIA ASTARITA

PHOTO/
LUCA ROTONDO