Taught by the Veneto

I've gained so much more through the social interactions of the native citizens of Italy. Almost daily, I've interacted with people and discovered things that most trourists would never encounter. This experience has been priceless to me!

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6:56 PM
June 20th, 2013

(Pictured in the top photo are Luca Vassos(left) and Alessandro Padovani(right) at the 69th Venice International Film Festival, that took place last year. In the middle of the photo they are with Pierfrancesco Favino, an Italian actor. In the bottom photo is a photo of me from the material they used in their film).

Several days ago when I was sketching, two cinematographers took notice. Shortly after they approached me and asked if they could include me in their short film. Clearly, I had no objection (who wouldn’t want to be in a movie?). Following the shoot, I signed a waiver giving explicit permission that they could include me in their short film. They told me they were doing a film for a contest in Vicenza that dealt with rarity in everyday life. Consequently, they named their film “Rara Bellezza” which translates to Rare Beauty. For the film, they had a total of 48 hours to produce a short film of 6 minutes max. Their theme developed essentially into: “what you can see every day but  you don’t really see in his own beauty.” Luca also went on to explain that they asked people in “Vicenza to act something and it was really teaching us about humanity and about seeing beauty in things which are all around us every day.” For me, and for many people trying out or pursuing architecture, I think that we could understand why they would film a student sketching. In the end, as all the tourists rush past, snap photos and glimpse at “all the pretty things,” architects sit down, sketch and take in everything around them, subsequently becoming a temporary fabric of the community. 

This contest was hosted by an independent firm called Milagrofilm. This is the first year Vicenza has had this contest and has hence called this the “Zero” edition. This contest is hosted in cities all over Europe although it has just begun in Vicenza. If you are interested in checking out the contest, the link for it is: 

http://www.fuoricontesto.com/

6:23 PM
June 20th, 2013
My micro point pen has decided it’s time to part paths. Oddly, finishing my last drawing of my entire architecture journey, the micro point ceased to produce ink. Maybe it’s a sign that all my hard work will pay off, and that it is time for me to take a break after days of sketching and building strong power points. Farewell micro point, you served me well!


My micro point pen has decided it’s time to part paths. Oddly, finishing my last drawing of my entire architecture journey, the micro point ceased to produce ink. Maybe it’s a sign that all my hard work will pay off, and that it is time for me to take a break after days of sketching and building strong power points. Farewell micro point, you served me well!

8:24 PM
June 16th, 2013

The Dolomite’s viewed from the church designed by Giovanni Michelucci! I’ve never seen such beautiful mountains, and I’ve never seen a church like this! The church was designed to be a gathering place where people could worship as well as hang out or meet up with others. It reminds me of a mini piazza!

8:13 PM
June 16th, 2013
Prosecco is a common alcoholic drink among Italians consumed around dinner time. The professors gladly told us about this tradition! This beverage is a dry or extra dry sparkling wine made from Glera grapes. Quite tasty I must add!


Prosecco is a common alcoholic drink among Italians consumed around dinner time. The professors gladly told us about this tradition! This beverage is a dry or extra dry sparkling wine made from Glera grapes. Quite tasty I must add!

8:02 PM
June 16th, 2013
If the architecture is any good, a person who looks and listens will feel its good effects without noticing. The environment educates in a critical fashion. As for the critic, he discovers the truth of things…
Carlo Scarpa
7:27 PM
June 16th, 2013
Basilica Palladiana
This is in the Piazza dei Signori which was designed by Palladio, a Renaissance architect that had a tremendous influence on architecture throughout the globe. One of the most notable features are the arches, which believe it or not are not evenly spaced. The pillars surrounding the arches are spaced differently in order to accommodate for the building they are attached to, which is even older (1172).These arches create what’s called an arcade that allow people cover from the elements. People come from all over the world to see Palladio’s work, there’s none other like it!


Basilica Palladiana

This is in the Piazza dei Signori which was designed by Palladio, a Renaissance architect that had a tremendous influence on architecture throughout the globe. One of the most notable features are the arches, which believe it or not are not evenly spaced. The pillars surrounding the arches are spaced differently in order to accommodate for the building they are attached to, which is even older (1172).These arches create what’s called an arcade that allow people cover from the elements. People come from all over the world to see Palladio’s work, there’s none other like it!

7:14 PM
June 16th, 2013
NEVER. I repeat never buy one of these. This pen has created many memories for me. To bad they’re all stigmas! Haha I honestly remember wanting to smash this pen on the ground because it writes so scratchy, the ink flows horribly, and it when it did flow it decided to create an ink blot on my shorts! Thanks for all the stigmas you’ve provided Bruin Bear fountain pen! Retiring this pen for a micro point was the best decision I’ve ever made. R.I.P. you crappy fountain pen :)


NEVER. I repeat never buy one of these. This pen has created many memories for me. To bad they’re all stigmas! Haha I honestly remember wanting to smash this pen on the ground because it writes so scratchy, the ink flows horribly, and it when it did flow it decided to create an ink blot on my shorts! Thanks for all the stigmas you’ve provided Bruin Bear fountain pen! Retiring this pen for a micro point was the best decision I’ve ever made. R.I.P. you crappy fountain pen :)

7:06 PM
June 16th, 2013
Pigeons lose their feet because of cancer!
One funny Venetian trying to explain why pigeons have missing feet. Not quite accurate, but worth mentioning. This is really why if you’re curious: http://www.pigeonrescue.co.uk/footinjuriesstring.htm
7:01 PM
June 16th, 2013
When life gives you lemons…
Well, the beach of Ancona actually gave me a lemon from the ocean, nearly perfect, it washed right up to my feet. I didn’t make lemonade, but I did get pretty excited! Haha life actually gave me a lemon!


When life gives you lemons…

Well, the beach of Ancona actually gave me a lemon from the ocean, nearly perfect, it washed right up to my feet. I didn’t make lemonade, but I did get pretty excited! Haha life actually gave me a lemon!

6:46 PM
June 16th, 2013
These are all the cities I’ve visited in Italy:
Ancona
Asolo
Bassano
Belluno
Bologna 
Naples
Padua
San Benedetto Tro
Vicenza
Venice
Verona


These are all the cities I’ve visited in Italy:

Ancona

Asolo

Bassano

Belluno

Bologna 

Naples

Padua

San Benedetto Tro

Vicenza

Venice

Verona