The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

3 November 312
Eutropia tells them all about her early imperial years living in Rome. Miltiades tells Eutropia, and the rest, about Maxentius's rule in Rome. And Helena is writing down all the names of people and locations, while, at the same time, compiling a complete list of Rome's imperial properties. Turns out that Eutropia and Miltiades and Helena form a perfect team to manifest a perfect storm of new Constantinian and Christian architecture in Rome.

3 November 1778   Tuesday

New plan of the Circus Flaminius jam tum Apollinaris.   Laura's still etching the new plan of the Circus Caii, et Neronis, Francesco's working on Paestum, and Pietro's playing with Bruno, the dog. Or was it the magic cat?

3 November 1812   Tuesday

The wind yesterday by noon drew by W southerly and PM got to S. This morning it is SSW, very moderate, light clouds over[?] the sky. Temperature 46°, rose to 66. About noon the wind had gradually drawn to W northerly. The weather was delightful autumnal serenity. The early trees are stripped of their leaves, others are yet clothed well with variously colored honors.

3 November 1984

Green Enfilade House

3 November 1994
The Timepiece of Humanity spans from c.6175 B.C. to c.6175 A.D. The navel is at the golden section point relative to the overall height, and the crotch is exactly half the height. (The distance between the crotch and the navel will be changed to 1517 years.)
Using the current diagram (based on the anatomical man in Encyclopedia Britannica), the circle/square junctures occur at the following years: c.540, c.770, c.1090, c.1540, c.2190, c.3090, c.4375, c.6175. The juncture at c.1540 A.D. is close to the navel at 1500 A.D. A new diagram will be drawn with both the center of the navel and a circle/square juncture occurring at 1517 A.D., the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.

3 November 2000
...the architect's wife style .7

"I am beyond surface."

3 November 2013
Sense of Scale and the Digital Age of Architecture
... if you're having a problem with a perception and understanding of architectural scale, I don't think digital media is to blame.
When I was in school, like 35 years ago, whenever I wasn't sure whether what I was drawing was too big or too small, I would quickly draw a plan of my drawing table (3'x6') next to the plan I was drawing. I could thus more easily gauge my planning decisions via comparison with a dimension I knew intimately. I can still quickly do the same type of scale comparison via digital media, although now far more enhanced.
This is a plan of the room I'm presently working in:

Here's the room in 3D:

Here's the room within the Villa Rotunda, which is within the plan I'm currently working on:

Here's more of the drawing I'm currently working on:

3 November 2016
Long derided by architects, Prince Charles' model town Poundbury might not be all that bad after all
I wouldn't say this is a conversation about contemporary vs traditional architecture, as much as it's a conversation about choices, and architecture with regard to the culture of choice.

3 November 2022   Thursday
Downloaded Corpus Basilicarum Christianarum Romae: The Early Christian Basilicas of Rome Vol. IV from, which contains the information on S. Sebastiano.

Apparently, volumes II and III were "prepared and printed with the support of the Phyllis Lambert Architectural Research and Publication Fund, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University."
2002.04.11 17:27
...remember when we had champagne and snacks with Phyllis Lambert at her Montreal loft in Fall 1979? Weren't there like long, white shear draperies hanging all over the place. It's kinda funny to think that she had absolutely no idea what we were doing there. Didn't we also like rudely leave when we got bored? (Those draperies turned out to be useful for something.) [true story]
Went down to Independence National Park this afternoon. Wanted to take pictures of the 1976 Liberty Bell pavilion (Mitchell/Giurgola Architects) before it becomes completely quondam when the Bell is moved to its forthcoming new home in Spring 2003. With all the news about the first Executive Mansion (with slave quarters) of the USA, you would think that the plans to demolish the present Liberty Bell pavilion would be rethought (as I mentioned before).
Miers Fisher collected the rent money for the first Executive Mansion of the United States of America. George Washington was even once a dinner guest at Miers Fisher's table.
2007.03.09 18:28
...and speaking of random tangents
I went to the Historical Society of Frankford this morning--continuing research on Ury House. It was my first time there. The Keno brothers loved it, and now I do too. I'm going back tomorrow, even.
H. Jean Crawford read a paper on "Ury House" at the Historical Society of Frankford 27 November 1936. Miss Crawford lived at Ury then (and I live there now, and there's talk of another paper on "Ury House" at the Historical Society of Frankford). Crawford's paper offers some new information, particularly regarding George Washington's visit to Ury House [sic: the dinner was at Miers Fisher's house on Mulberry Street (now Arch Street), a block north of the "executive mansion"]: "There is corroboration for this tale in the "Washington Table", which the late Mr. Samuel Parrish of New York, a great grandson of Miers Fisher, has preserved as a relic of Ury House, in his Museum at Southampton Long Island."
So I google parrish museum southampton and give them a call. Unfortunately, they don't have any of Samuel Parrish's possessions in the collection any longer, but I still have to talk with someone there that might know better. I had no idea Herzog & de Meuron were working on a design for the Parrish Art Museum. The plan...

...of the new museum design reminds me of this. And the plan also reminds me of random tangents.
Bonus question: Did you know Miers Fisher Jr.'s 30 hour St. Petersburg (Russia) wife, was also eventually a passenger on the "Boatload of Knowledge," and that Robert Owen was with her when he arrived at New Harmony, Indiana, 12 January 1826?
Hélène's life was very random tangent.

3 November 2023   Friday

Started reading Thomas Mann's February 1948 "Forward" to Joseph and His Brothers. The lasting effect of having read Joseph and His Brothers just over 40 years ago is somewhat surprising. I was always aware of how much the book educated me, but not till now, while finishing The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project, do I realize how much Joseph and His Brothers still influences my thinking and how I approach things, especially history.

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