by Roderick Conway Morris

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Architecture & Architects


Alberti, Leon Battista
An Architect's Architect
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 26 November 1994
It has been the occupational hazard of the architect down the ages not to live long enough to see a life's work reach completion.

Baroque Architecture
Baroque: Ridiculously Sublime
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 16 October 1999
'Baroque is the ultimate of the bizarre: it is the ridiculous carried to extremes,' wrote Francesco Milizia.

Borromini, Francesco
In Search of Rome's Dreamer in Stone
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 21 January 2000
Few practitioners ever had as profound a knowledge of every aspect of architecture as Francesco Borromini, nor were able to break the rules with such breathtaking self-assurance.

Cortona, Pietro da
The Saint and the Architect
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 27 December 1997
The part played by Pietro da Cortona in making Rome a baroque city was second only to that of Bernini.

Italian Architects in Russia
The Making of Peter's 'Window on the West'
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 24 May 2003
Domenico Trezzini was the first of a succession of Italians who put their stamp on St. Petersburg.

Juvarra, Filippo
Architect of Capitals from Turin to Madrid 1714-1736
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 4 November 1995
Apart from being a builder on a grand scale, Juvarra was also a tireless designer of furniture and interior decorator.

Mantegna, Andrea
The House that Mantegna Built
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 22 April 2006
Andrea Mantegna, more than most, put northern Italy on the map in the early days of the artistic and architectural revival that came to be known as the Renaissance.

Michelangelo Buonarroti
Michelangelo's Architecture
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 17 November 2006
Michelangelo Buonarroti is now most famous as a sculptor, painter and draftsman. Few visitors to the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican may be aware of his enormous contribution to the final design and completion of St. Peter's.

Palladio, Andrea
A New Italian Museum Pays Homage to the Architect Palladio
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 22 November 2012
The first and most imposing exhibit of the new Palladio Museum at Palazzo Barbarano is the Palazzo itself, built by the architect in the 1570s for the Vicentine nobleman Montano Barbarano.

Palladio, Andrea
Andrea Palladio: An Atlas of His Architecture
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 23 June 2001
Andrea Palladio's architecture combined to a remarkable degree a reverence for the classical past with an ability to reinvent it.

Palladio, Andrea
Palladio: 500 Years On
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 7 November 2008
Andrea Palladio was born in Padua on Nov. 30, 1508. Probably the most influential of all Western architects, he has at various periods been the most intensively studied.

Palladio, Andrea
Palladio's Conquest of the North
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 29 May 1999
The Master and his Disciples.

Palladio, Andrea
Rebirth of the Roman Villa
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 21 May 2005
Why did the Palladian model came to be influential above all others.

Palladio, Andrea
Villa Saraceno Restored
Roderick Conway Morris (New York Times) 5 January 1992
"To put a villa like this right requires a tremendous input in historical understanding, interpretation and technical skill. You could have all the money in the world and still get it wrong"

Palmanova
A Star of the Renaissance
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 21 August 1993
Palmanova presented a unique opportunity to harmonize the entire urban layout with its defensive perimeter.

Pienza
Pius II's Ideal City
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 12 September 2006
Humanist, poet, diplomat, traveler, lover of nature, music, wine and food, Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini rose from provincial obscurity to become Pope Pius II.

Renaissance Architectural Models
Renaissance Monuments and Models of Precision
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 11 June 1994
Architectural models were certainly being employed by the Middle Ages.

Roman Villas
Pliny and Co. in Ancient Rome's Malibu
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 5 July 1991
Roman beachside culture was as wasteful and "throwaway" as today's.

Roman Villas
The Pursuit of Leisure and the Rise of the Roman Villa
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 12 September 2008
For the ancient Romans the word "otium" - the implications of which ranged from "a pause," through "ease" and "leisure" to "inactivity" and "sheer indolence" - was fraught with ambiguity.

Rome: Villa Medici
Villa Medici and the Cardinal's Secrets
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 29 January 2000
Ferdinando aimed to build a palace worthy of a Renaissance connoisseur, but in an environment that was still chronically insecure.

Scamozzi, Vincenzo
Vincenzo Scamozzi comes into his own
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 4 October 2003
Vincenzo Scamozzi both benefited from and was overshadowed by his association with Palladio.

Scarpa, Carlo
Choreographer of Light
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 21 October 2000
When the Venetian architect Carlo Scarpa said in 1972 that he would rather design museums than skyscrapers, he was ahead of his times.

Soane, John
Soane's Architecture of Romance
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 10 June 2000
'My unfortunate attachment to Architecture is as difficult to be extinguished as a passion for play in the mind of a professed gambler!' wrote John Soane in 1810.

Venetian Villas
Rebirth of the Roman Villa
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 21 May 2005
Why did the Palladian model came to be influential above all others.

Venice Architecture Biennale 1996
The Tremor of Change in Architecture
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 9 November 1996
Architects have far more effect than politicians on many people's day-to-day lives.

Venice Architecture Biennale 2000
Architecture and Ideologies
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 22 July 2000
A less comprehensive survey of what is going on in contemporary architecture than the last version.

Venice Architecture Biennale 2002
What next?
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 5 October 2002
There are signs here of the decline of the rigid modernist orthodoxies that dominated the second half of the 20th century.

Venice Architecture Biennale 2006
Venice architecture show reimagines the modern city
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 5 December 2006
The theme of the 10th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale is "Cities" - the places where more and more of us are living in and migrating to every year.

Venice Architecture Biennale 2008
Visions of Architecture, Practical and Inspired
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 15 September 2008
A section of bright yellow natural gas pipe commands center stage at the Venice Biennale's International Architecture Exhibition this year. Sixty-three meters long and 1.2 meters in diameter, it snakes down the Castello Gardens from the German to the Russian pavilion.

Venice Architecture Biennale 2010
Feting Architecture (or Is It Art?)
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 4 September 2011
Kazuyo Sejima who won the Golden Lion at the 2004 Venice Architecture Biennale for her design for the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, is curator of the 2010 Biennale.

Venice Architecture Biennale 2012
Architects Seeking Common Ground
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 11 September 2012
I wanted this to be a show about architecture, not architects,' said David Chipperfield, the artistic director of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

Venice Architecture Biennale: A History
Venice Architecture Biennale Grows in Stature
Roderick Conway Morris (International New York Times) 14 March 2015
Like the first Venice Art Biennales, a century ago, the Venice Architecture Biennale is a model for other such international exhibitions around the world.

Venice: Basilica of San Marco
900th Anniversary of the San Marco Basilica
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 24 December 1994
The present basilica was built on the model of the Holy Apostles Church in Constantinople.

Venice: Clock Tower
In Venice, a landmark clock returns to action
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 11 April 1997
During its great days the Serenissima, the Most Serene Venetian Republic, seldom stinted in matters of civic self-celebration: witness the Torre dell'Orologio, in Piazza San Marco, one of the most architecturally and mechanically complex tower clocks ever constructed.

Venice: Patriarch's Palace
Venice's Palace of the Patriarch opens its doors to the public
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 30 October 2005
At the end of a small piazza to the north of St. Mark's Basilica is a monochrome white neoclassical building. Beside the marble-and-mosaic, pinnacled splendor of the church, most visitors probably do not give it a second glance.

Vignola, Jacopo Barozzi da
Architecture by the Book
Roderick Conway Morris (International Herald Tribune) 13 April 2002
Here, for the first time ever was a practical, boldly illustrated, do-it-yourself guide on how to get proportions right.