The following is an excerpt from giulia foscaris elements of venice a book that applies the dissection strategy rem koolhaas explored in elements of architecture at this years venice biennale. Developed as a parallel research project of fundamentals the exhibition at the 14th venice architecture biennale curated by rem koolhaas the book offers insights on venetian facades stairs corridors floors ramps ceilings doors hearths windows balconies and walls product not only of the mind but of societal organization the elements are isolated from their picture perfect . The book elements of venice reveals through the analysis of single architectural elements the metamorphic nature of venice a city in which most buildings underwent throughout the centuries substantial volumetric and formal transformations informed by political and cultural shifts. With elements of venice this radical and thought provoking book giulia demonstrates that venice has been a city in perpetual transformation and in the centuries of its splendour at the . Venice offers a various historical periods and elements on a relatively small area with buildings that have a lifespan of hundreds of years an architectural language in the context reflects a familiarity between the artifacts without imitation
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