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Sforzinda

Sforzinda

4'x7' polyethylene foam, found hardware, recycled materials, string. 4x7ft

Sforzinda (c. 1400 - c. 1469) is perhaps the best example of utopian city planning from the renaissance period. In Filarete's Trattato di Architettura, Sforzinda, the ideal city named after his patron, reflects the epitome of utopian ideologies of the time. With clear influences from antiquity, Filarete fluently designed his ideal city embodying the views and virtues that philosophers of the past taught. The shape is also comes from cosmological ideas, reflecting on the religion of that day-in-age. It is believed to be the most perfect of all geometries, because the radii are equidistant at all points, and it is a mirror of a harmonious cosmic order. It was an attempt to build a utopian city and was the first symmetrical and centralized city planning of modern day. The city was never built and the idea was attempted again in the building of a city called Palmanova. However, despite the pristine conditions and elegant layout of the new city, no one chose to move there, and by 1622 Venice was forced to pardon criminals and offer them free building lots and materials if they would agree to settle the town. 

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Sforzinda

4'x7' polyethylene foam, found hardware, recycled materials, string. 4x7ft

Sforzinda (c. 1400 - c. 1469) is perhaps the best example of utopian city planning from the renaissance period. In Filarete's Trattato di Architettura, Sforzinda, the ideal city named after his patron, reflects the epitome of utopian ideologies of the time. With clear influences from antiquity, Filarete fluently designed his ideal city embodying the views and virtues that philosophers of the past taught. The shape is also comes from cosmological ideas, reflecting on the religion of that day-in-age. It is believed to be the most perfect of all geometries, because the radii are equidistant at all points, and it is a mirror of a harmonious cosmic order. It was an attempt to build a utopian city and was the first symmetrical and centralized city planning of modern day. The city was never built and the idea was attempted again in the building of a city called Palmanova. However, despite the pristine conditions and elegant layout of the new city, no one chose to move there, and by 1622 Venice was forced to pardon criminals and offer them free building lots and materials if they would agree to settle the town. 

Sforzinda
Sforzinda- detail.jpg
IMG_0961.JPG