Wednesday, 24 January 2007

The space of the ideal city

Piazza Duca Federico in Urbino transposes the platonic ideals of the renaissance into an urban form which is irregular but harmoniously balanced. Opposite the flank of the cathedral (rebuilt by Valadier following an eighteenth century earthquake) is the Palazzo Ducale, the centre of Federico da Montefeltro's fifteenth century court and the home today of the "Urbino Panel", the ultimate depiction of the ideal city.

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