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Design as Scholarship
The Thirteenth Villa
Kyle Miller
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In a 1994 essay titled “New Variations on the Rowe Complex,” Greg Lynn reflects on the architectural issues of formal and spatial difference, variation, and, more generally, the ideal. Lynn presents what he identifies as a blind spot in Colin Rowe’s comparative analysis of villas designed by Andrea Palladio and Le Corbusier—“the capacity for formal and spatial order to differentiate and become innovative.” The Thirteenth Villa is a conceptual project inspired by Lynn’s provocations and attempts to generate a new villa, one comprised solely of the nonideal characteristics and traits of each of Palladio’s eleven villas studied by Rudolf Wittkower.

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