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Rendering of the design in Via Porta Imperiale
Rendering of the design in Via Porta Imperiale

The Orders Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Composite
The Orders Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Composite

De toegepaste architectonische grammatica van de casus Capitoline Palazzo van Michelangelo
De toegepaste architectonische grammatica van de casus Capitoline Palazzo van Michelangelo

Sabbioneta, site of the project
Sabbioneta, site of the project

The design, for five buildings in Via Porta Imperiale
The design, for five buildings in Via Porta Imperiale

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THE PLAY OF ARCHITECTURAL GRAMMAR
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
ARCHITECTURE

Tijdens de Renaissance en vandaag
Sabbioneta is a small town in Northern Italy that has been placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as an ideal Renaissance city. The brief was to make a design for this fortified town. To make an intervention in Sabbioneta using the architectural rules of the Renaissance required an in-depth study of these rules to learn and understand them and be able to put them into practice.
The Play of Architectural Grammar researches the rules of architectural grammar during the Renaissance. The study had two objectives. One was to endeavour to gain insight into the logic of the architectural language of that period. The other was to set out to expose the effect, the mental effect, that can be achieved by applying that grammar. This raised the question of how much leeway there was in the architectural grammar of elevations during the Renaissance and how to apply that grammar in the Renaissance town of Sabbioneta so that the effect would be visible.
To be able to answer that question, it was necessary to first study the development undergone by architectural grammar during the Renaissance. Architectural treatises from the Italian Renaissance, later interpretations of these and various case studies were unravelled along encyclopaedic lines and their elements subsequently redrawn one by one and systematically compared. In addition, the basic principles of the grammar were summarized so as get an understanding of the degree of leeway available in the architectural grammar of elevations.
The results of the theoretical study have been applied in a design brief for the Renaissance town of Sabbioneta, more specifically Via Porta Imperiale, the street directly behind one of the two original town gates. The project design is for five elevations, designed using the rules of architectural grammar during the Renaissance.
The impact that the Renaissance grammar can have is expressed in a novella set in Via Porta Imperiale. This work of fiction is about the social vitality of Renaissance ideas and enables the effect of the architectural grammar applied to the designed elevations to impact on the observer, the characters and the reader of ‘The Play of Architectural Grammar’.