(CORNER)STONES OF VENICE:
TARGETING THE ISLAND ADVANTAGE IN THE TOPOLOGICAL REPRESENTATION OF THE CITY

Roberto Casati (Institut Jean Nicod CNRS EHESS-ENS, Paris; Università IUAV, Venice)
Magda Stanová (Università IUAV, Venice; San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco)
Stéphanie Roisin (Università IUAV, Venice)


ABSTRACT: We investigate the spatial structure of Venice from the viewpoint of the pedestrian, distinguishing and taxonomizing various types of blocks, and contrasting blocks with islands. Pedestrians’ Venice has a shape that differs in interesting ways from that of Venice for the sailor. The duality of islands and blocks is introduced and discussed. An “island advantage” may bias the spatial representation of the structure of the city. We provide a tentative large scale block map of downtown Venice that points to some inferential advantages of a block representation.

KEYWORDS: maps, Venice, space representation, topology, island advantage


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