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The Irrational City

What is irrational in Venice? The rigid flows of tourists or the uprising flow of water? Santa Lucia Railway Station is the planned project site, at the junction of two opposite structures, the mainland’s contemporary time vs the laguna veneta suspended time.

The project’s symbolic reference is the Pythagorean idea of numbers being the essence of everything. Permanence and immutability are key features of a scenario where every shape is the expression of a number. And Venice, with its fixed border line in space and time, is definitively Pythagorean. Here any 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 WAS FIRST PRESENTED IN 2002 AT THE XIII VENICE BIENNALE AS PART OF THE EXHIBITION TRACES OF CENTURIES & FUTURE STEPS.

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EVENT/
XXIII BIENNALE D’ARCHITETTURA VENEZIA, AUGUST-NOVEMBER 2012

EXHIBITION/
TRACES OF CENTURIES & FUTURE STEPS, PALAZZO BEMBO, VENICE

ORGANIZER/
GAA FOUNDATION LEIDEN

SUPPORTED BY/
GRANDI STAZIONI SPA

CONCEPT AND DESIGN/
PAOLO CESARETTI+ANTONELLA DEDINI

DESIGN TEAM/
PAOLO CESARETTI, KOSTANTIA MANTHOU

REALIZATION/
DELLED

PHOTO/
SIMONE SIMONE