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Scenic chorality and urban space: Radio City Music Hall and the "Daula Law" in Venice

Scenic chorality and urban space: Radio City Music Hall and the "Daula Law" in Venice

Stoppani, Teresa (2001) Scenic chorality and urban space: Radio City Music Hall and the "Daula Law" in Venice. Urban Design Studies, 7. pp. 75-88. ISSN 1358-3255

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The notion of scenic chorality in urban space is investigated in the two paradigm islands of Manhattan and Venice, examined together as exceptional urban concentrations of density, conflicts and contamination, which escape the categorisations of both the classic and the modern. The Rockefeller Centre in Manhattan is a celebration of the culture of the Metropolis, that follows and at the same time defies the orthogonal order of the Grid. Because of its complexity and scale, the Centre contains 'other' spaces, that, within its order are freed from its order and establish an inner superior order. In the interior of the scenic space (Radio City Music Hall) an artificial chorality is produced which finds no correspondence in the real city.
Venice reverses the dichotomies of Manhattan. The Daula Law prescribed that houses and palaces renounce their individual prerogatives to construct the collective body of the city. Venice asks of its buildings a chorality of intents, which displays in its urban interior that continuous collective representation which Manhattan can only rebuild by discontinuous elements inside the uterine cavity of its blocks, or fictionally in a superficially homogenous exterior /interior.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Published in Urban Design Studies. Annual of the University of Greenwich Urban Design Unit. School of Architecture and Landscape. [2] Urban Design Studies is a refereed journal dedicated to the publication of research papers on all aspects of urban studies and urban design. The journal is based at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich, Dartford Campus, and aims to present recent research work and also provide a forum for debate on urban design as an interdisciplinary subject incorporating all aspects of living in the built environment.
Uncontrolled Keywords: scenic chorality, Manhattan grid, Rockefeller Center NY, Venice, Venetian palaces, sumptuary laws
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Architecture, Design & Construction > Department of Architecture & Urbanism
School of Architecture, Design & Construction
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