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Invisible Cities: . Concept City, Remote Cities, Nature and Music . Outline. Italo Calvino & The Invisible Cities Your Views? Patterns of the Invisible Cities Other Kinds of Invisible Cities The Music Garden Conclusion ?. Italo Calvino . One of the world's foremost postmodern authors;

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Invisible Cities:

Concept City, Remote Cities, Nature and Music


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Outline

  • Italo Calvino & The Invisible Cities

  • Your Views?

  • Patterns of the Invisible Cities

  • Other Kinds of Invisible Cities

  • The Music Garden

  • Conclusion?


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Italo Calvino

  • One of the world's foremost postmodern authors;

  • Calvino is listed alongside Philip Johnson's AT&T building, Disneyland, Monthey Python, Max Headroom, and Donald Bartheleme as the most prominent 'icons' of postmodernism (Pilz)


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Structure of Invisible Cities


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Different Kinds

  • Cities and memory.

  • Cities and desire.

  • Cities and signs.

  • Thin cities.

  • Trading cities

  • Cities and eyes.

  • Cities and names.

  • Cities and the dead

  • Cities and the sky.

  • Continuous cities.

  • Hidden cities.


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Outline of our Reading

  • Marco Polo’s talk to Kubla Khan

    1.

    • The invisible will not perish;

    • Description of cities with gestures and language; the emperor’s responses

      2.

    • The past is always ahead of us; elsewhere is a negative mirror

    • From gestures to words and back to gesture; the use of silence

      3.

    • Cities are made of desires and fears.


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Outline of our Reading

Your views?

1. Cities and memory. 1. –Diomira – past happiness;

Cities and memory. 2. – Isidora – past desire;

Cities and memory. 3. – Zaira – past connections;

Cities and memory. 4. – Zora – described point by point, unmoved till it disappears;

2. Cities and memory. 5. –Maurilla – a postcard city

1. Cities and desire. 1. –Dorothea – 2 ways of describing a city

Cities and desire. 2. – Anastasia –describing the city vs. full experience

Cities and desire. 3. – Despina -- 2 perception of a city

2. Cities and desire. 4.–Fedora -- with a mental city which turns into a museum;

1, Cities and signs. 1. – Tamara – arbitrary signs

Cities and signs. 2. – Zirma – The city is redundant, so is our memory, because they are repetitive.

2 Cities and signs. 3.–Zoe – a city which is a mixture of functions.

1. Thin cities. 1. – Isaura – a city of wells  two religions; (東石鄉; Venice?)

2. Thin cities. 2. –Zenobia – a city of platforms, balcony and ladders; not happy or unhappy, but one generating desires.

2. Trading cities. 1. – Euphemia – where merchants meet; to buy and sell, but also to tell stories.


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Patterns of the Invisible Cities

  • City, memory and the past

    • Desires are memories. Cities contain our desires.

    • Polo p. 28 – we know more about our past as we move ahead.

    • A city’s past – pp. 10-11

  • The Concept City vs. the Lived City –

    • Dorothea: p. 9; Also city vs. desert

    • Anastasia: p. 12 describing a city and desiring in it;

  • City and Desires –

    • Two perspectives. P.17 – Cities are formed by their opposites and desires.


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Patterns of the Invisible Cities

  • Human constructions

    • Religion

    • Buildings – Isidora p. 8;

  • Human Languages

    • Signs – arbitrary (Are there any which are not signs?)

    • Gestures and Signs


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Invisible Cities II: Distant Cities

  • Diomira p. 1:  City and Memory: Byzantium underneath Istanbul

  • Isidora  City and Arts: Carpentry at 古川 (a town in a mountain)

  • Anastasia p. 12 City and Desire/Arts: Kite Festival at Lahore

  • City and Signs/Postcards


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Kite Festival at Lahore

  • Basant, the festival that marks the start of spring;

  • Kite with “string coated by hand in a doughy substance which is impregnated with pulverised glass” (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/2750193.stm )


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The Music Garden

  • What do you think?

  • General Design

  • Efforts – Arts, Business and Politics

  • Music, Nature and Urban Space


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Bach & Garden Plan

Suite#1 I – Prelude II – Allemande III -Courante, IV – Sarabande, V - Menuet I , VI - Gigue

Bk 5


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Toronto Music Garden

  • From Boston’s City Hall Plaza to Toronto’s Harbor Front


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Prelude: An undulating river scape with curves and bends.

Response to the environment

Bk 3


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Allemande: A forest grove of wandering trails.

Original plan:

Bk 7; adjusted in the new plan Bk 14


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Courante: A swirling path through a wildflower meadow.

Bk 11


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Sarabande: A conifer grove in the shape of an arc


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Sarabande: a poet's corner

  • the garden's centerpiece is a huge stone that acts as a stage for readings, and holds a small pool with water that reflects the sky.

Bk 13


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Menuette: A formal flower parterre.

  • Gigue: Giant grass steps that dance you down to the outside world.

Bk 8; 12



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Efforts – Arts, Business and Politics

  • Different concerns of the Boston government: noise, money (to privatize the space to increase more economic interest), tourism, security

  • To gain financial support: to ‘massage’ the corporate power.

Bks 10; 6


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Music, Nature and Urban Space

  • Ma’s intention: to create a space for music without walls.  what about traffic? (e.g. Bk 16)


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Music, Nature and Urban Space

  • Julie Messervy: To shape nature in simple forms (Bk 2)

  • The film’s: Bk 9, 15


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Minuette: formal dance

  • Hand-crafted with ornamental steel, a circular pavilion is designed to shelter small musical ensembles or dance groups.


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Music and Nature: The Gigue

  • or "jog" is an English dance, whose jaunty, rollicking music is interpreted here as a series of giant grass steps that offer views onto the harbor.


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Conclusion?

  • A city can be variously defined, imagined, desired for, and connected to the past.

  • Concept City does not just belong to the city planners. We also have our concepts in the use of signs, memories and through our desires and efforts in construction.


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Reference

  • Pilz, Kerstin.  ”Reconceptualising thought and space: labyrinths and cities in Calvino's fictions.”Italica, Summer 2003 v80 i2 p229(15)

  • http://www.juliemoirmesservy.com/pro.htm

  • Toronto Music Garden Photo Gallery---Inspired by Bach: Yo Yo Ma http://www.nakayoshi.org/musicgarden/

  • Loraine Hunter http://www.garden-time.com/magazine/03september/article_gotw.php


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