The Grand Tour was once the culmination of an architect’s education. As a journey to the cultural sites of Europe, the Tour’s agenda was clearly defined: to study ancient monuments in order to reproduce them at home. Architects returned from their Grand Tours with rolls of measured drawings and less tangible spoils: patronage, commissions, and cultural cachet. Although no longer carried out under the same name, the practices inscribed by the Grand Tour have continued relevance for contemporary architects. This edition of Perspecta uses the Grand Tour, broadly conceived, as a model for understanding the history, current incarnation, and future of architectural travel. Perspecta 41 asks: where do we go, how do we record what we see, what do we bring back, and how does it change us? Contributions include explorations of architects’ travels in times of war; Peter Eisenman’s account of his career-defining 1962 trip with Colin Rowe around Europe in a Volkswagen; Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s discussion of their traveling and its effect on their collecting, teaching, and design work; drawings documenting the monolithic churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia; an account of how James Gamble Rogers designed Yale’s Sterling Library and residential colleges using his collection of postcards; and a proposed itinerary for a contemporary Grand Tour—in America.
Michael Meredith—"Radical Inclusion! (A Survival Guide for Post-architecture)“
Gillian Darley—"Wonderful Things: The Experience of the Grand Tour”
Sam Jacob—"Vriesendorp Syndrome: Overwhelmed by the Geography of Sensation, Memory, and Plenty"
Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi—Interview
Brook Denison—"Seamless: Drawing the Monolithic Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia"
Helen Dorey—"Sir John Soane’s Model Room"
Dietrich Neumann—"Instead of the Grand Tour: Travel Replacements in the Nineteenth Century"
“Bowles’s European Geographic Amusement”
Ljiljana Blagojević—"Voyage to the Occident, City Break in the Orient"
Keller Easterling—"The Wrong Story"
Enrique Ramirez—"Erich Mendelsohn at War"
Matthew Coolidge—"A Tour of the Monuments of the Great American Void"
Robert Mangurian and Mary-Ann Ray—"Re-drawing Hadrian’s Villa, Re-writing Caochangdi Urban Village"
Venturi Scott Brown—"At Home"
Peter Eisenman—"The Last Grand Tourist: Travels with Colin Rowe"
Jeffrey Inaba/C-Lab—"Learning from Venice"
Esra Akcan—"Reading ‘The Generic City’: Retroactive Manifestos for Global Cities of the Twenty-First Century"
AUDC—"An American Pastoral"
Aaron Betsky—"The Branded Cocoon"
“Design by Postcard: James Gamble Rogers’s Postcard Collection”