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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

Invisible Cities:

Concept City, Remote Cities, Nature and Music

  • Italo Calvino & The Invisible Cities
  • Your Views?
  • Patterns of the Invisible Cities
  • Other Kinds of Invisible Cities
  • The Music Garden
  • Conclusion?
italo calvino
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)
different kinds
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.
outline of our reading
Outline of our Reading
  • Marco Polo’s talk to Kubla Khan


    • The invisible will not perish;
    • Description of cities with gestures and language; the emperor’s responses


    • The past is always ahead of us; elsewhere is a negative mirror
    • From gestures to words and back to gesture; the use of silence


    • 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.

patterns of the invisible cities
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
invisible cities ii distant cities
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
kite festival at lahore
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” ( )
the music garden
The Music Garden
  • What do you think?
  • General Design
  • Efforts – Arts, Business and Politics
  • Music, Nature and Urban Space
bach garden plan
Bach & Garden Plan

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

Bk 5

toronto music garden
Toronto Music Garden
  • From Boston’s City Hall Plaza to Toronto’s Harbor Front
allemande a forest grove of wandering trails
Allemande: A forest grove of wandering trails.

Original plan:

Bk 7; adjusted in the new plan Bk 14

sarabande a poet s corner
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

menuette a formal flower parterre
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

music nature and urban space
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
minuette formal dance
Minuette: formal dance
  • Hand-crafted with ornamental steel, a circular pavilion is designed to shelter small musical ensembles or dance groups.
music and nature the gigue
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.
  • 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.
  • Pilz, Kerstin.  ”Reconceptualising thought and space: labyrinths and cities in Calvino's fictions.”Italica, Summer 2003 v80 i2 p229(15)
  • Toronto Music Garden Photo Gallery---Inspired by Bach: Yo Yo Ma
  • Loraine Hunter