The Path

Month: March, 2014

Cicli Berlinetta

Berlin has up to 10 interesting vintage bicycles shop.

In one day and a XXL ToDo list i had to pick one shop only.
I picked well, Cicli Berlinetta is a blend of history and dream.

Founded at 2004, CB is one of the oldest classic bicycles shop in Berlin.
wherever your eyes go you catch details that make it feels all so authentic,  

the kind that made by people, time and passion.

Cicli Berlinetta is Dustin (founder & owner), a cyclist and a deep road bicycles expert,
and above all, a real gentle host with great stories and advices.

CICLI BERLINETTA

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SAN ROCCO MAGAZINE

SAN ROCCO
/06/
C o l l a b o r a t i o n s

Non so quante copie ne hanno stampate,
ma credo che le comprerò e leggerò tutte.

06-cover

 

About:

SAN ROCCO is a magazine about architecture.

SAN ROCCO does not solve problems. It is not a useful magazine.

SAN ROCCO is neither serious nor friendly.

SAN ROCCO is written by architects. As such, SAN ROCCO is not particularly intelligent, or philologically accurate. In SAN ROCCO, pictures are more important than texts.

SAN ROCCO is serious. It takes the risk of appearing naive.

SAN ROCCO will not last for ever. There will be no more than 20 SAN ROCCOs for the single five-year plan.

San Rocco is the name of a place in Monza, not a nice place. Giorgio Grassi and Aldo Rossi engaged in a design competition for this place in 1971. The project was not built; ordinary housing blocks were built instead.

A few negligible drawings of the San Rocco project have survived in old monographs, along with a black-and-white photograph of the competition model. It is a picture taken from above of the white plaster model. Close to the buildings there is a large label in relief lettering that casts dramatic shadows and reads “MONZA – SAN ROCCO scala 1:500″

San Rocco was the product of the collaboration of two young architects. San Rocco did not contribute to the later fame of its two designers. It is neither “standard Grassi” nor “standard Rossi”. Somehow it remains between the two, strangely hybrid, open and uncertain, multiple and enigmatic.

The purity and radicalism of the design does not involve any intolerance. San Rocco suggests an entirely new set of possibilities. It seems to be the beginning of a new type of architecture, or the first application of a new type of architecture, or the first application of a new – and happy – design method that has not been developed further.

San Rocco proposes the possibility of reusing architectural traditions that lie outside of private memory (contrary to Rossi’s usual approach) without erasing personal contributions (contrary to Grassi’s usual approach). In San Rocco, common does not mean dry, and personal does not mean egomaniacal. San Rocco seems to suggest the possibility of an architecture that is both open and personal, both monumental and fragile, both rational and questioning.

Eileen Gray

Eileen Gray

Ireland 1876 – 1976 France

“Eileen Gray’s designs are now as familiar as designs from the other important early 20th Century architects and designers such as Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer et al”

Zeev Aram, Chairman, Aram Designs Ltd

E1027 HOUSE / by Eileen Gray
(source The Guardian)

“…Too much so for Le Corbusier. In 1938 and 1939 he stayed there as a guest of Badovici, who had by then parted from Gray, and painted murals, crude and garish, on its walls. He did so, as one photograph records, nude. Seemingly affronted that a woman could create such a fine work of modernism, he asserted his dominion, like a urinating dog, over the territory. Gray saw his painting as a violation, and was furious. He, however, didn’t stop there: he acquired land nearby and built his own retreat, a wooden cabanon, above the stretch of sea in which, in 1965, he would die…”

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Le Corbusier in casual dress, painting a famous mural / vandalizing Eileen Gray’s work at E. 1027.

Fornitures design /by Eileen Gray

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