Archescape. The Piranesi flights

7 september | 3 october 2015
tu eindhoven, department of the built environment
plaza vertigo, groene loper 6, eindhoven
open monday to friday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

_read the publication here

Piranesi's Campo Marzio was never far from centre stage during the academic career of Gijs Wallis de Vries. It therefore comes as no surprise that after his doctoral dissertation on the subject appeared in 1990, an illustrated English version of his observations appears today. The way the project was interpreted 25 years ago has acquired a more haptic dimension in the form of three-dimensional models. An exhibition!

The project concerns the various kinds of spatial experiences that Wallis de Vries has identified and described in Piranesí's reconstruction of ancient Rome. He distinguishes two ways in which Piranesi added parts of a city that might have been to what was there as he found it: one concerns a 'classical' way, and the other a 'modern' way. Two manners of spatial tuning between architectural elements used for orchestrating an impression of styles and scales blending in various buildings. Piranesi imagined a splendid version of ancient Rome, its ruins and vestiges, as well as several preserved buildings, such as the Pantheon.

After 29 years, Wallis de Vries leaves Eindhoven University of Technology. However this exhibition is most probably not his last 'word' on the subject of Piranesi's Campo Marzio. Shortly before his retirement he published the book 'Archescape': a reflection on what could link Piranesi to contemporary architectural theory and practice. With lectures on this book he continues his journey. We wish him a great trip.