Saturday, April 16, 2011

road trip | Architecure of Idealogy: Jefferson and University of Virginia

We gladly made it to Charlottesville, after driving in the tornado and flood watch areas: it feels so reassuring to find urban shelter from the elements. The rain briefly stops while we walk trough the campus of University of Virginia, which was founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. The Lawn is a powerful homage to classicism and Palladian architecture, expression of Jefferson's ideology: the "academical village" was designed by Jefferson as the ideal place for learning, as lifelong experience.

The Rotunda, which crowns the longitudinal axis of the Lawn, was designed by Jefferson as well, resembling the Roman Pantheon and served as library for over a century.

The room occupied by Edgar Allan Poe

Sleeping in history: the original dormitory still occupied by students

Excerpts from the conceptual multimedia project
“Axes Mundi: Perceptions and Understanding of Places as Intersections of Space, Time and Culture"