The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
4 August 2022
23. An email dated 5 August 2022 containing the text of this page was sent to Mario Bevilacqua, Heather Hyde Minor, Davide Tommaso Ferrando, Cynthia Davidson, Andrew Kovacs, Orhan Ayyüce, and Chris Teeter. In a subsequent email dated 5 August 2022 Orhan Ayyüce commented, "I am very fascinated by Piranesi's Workshop and his focused effort to continue/complete his works in almost contemporary efforts star architects put out today..." Via response email dated 6 August 2022 Stephen Lauf replied, "It is very astute of you to say "Piranesi's...focused effort to continue/complete his works in almost contemporary efforts star architects put out today." You truly get what Piranesi was doing, and that's what I was beginning to see for myself as I started writing about the 'final project.' Even though there is no written evidence that says that's what Piranesi was doing, much circumstantial evidence points to it and, as your comment demonstrates, it's something that an architectural/design professional can instinctively understand/conclude just judging from their own experience. Piranesi's own discovery of the true functional design of ancient Roman circuses sharpened his attitude toward design and history and ultimately even the design of history. That's all involved in what I have to write about over the coming months. BTW, this is exactly the type of commenting back and forth that I was imagining having with you when I came up with the title "The Discovery of Piranesi’s Final Project.""