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Blue Moon, Piazzale Bucintoro 1 – 30126 Lido Di Venezia.
The Oxford Dictionary defines one meaning of symmetry as “similarity or exact correspondence between different things”.
The ‘Blue Moon’ was designed by Giancarlo de Carlo (1919-2005), professor emeritus at the Venice School of Architecture (Università Iuav di Venezia), founded in 1926 as the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia.
Giancarlo de Carlo saw the role of the architect as inherently political and lectured on the need for the inclusion of users in the design process. He criticised contemporary architectural practice and academic society for being preoccupied with form and glossy image over social and life experience. His designs exemplify the dynamism of what he saw as consensus based physical and cultural necessity. In designing social housing, for example, he took into account the wishes of the intended occupiers – perfect symmetry.
For me, he is the Beat Poet of Modern Architecture.