The Artisans Versus the Academic

Date January 27, 2018 15:09

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You cannot escape math and physics when designing a pipe organ. My engineering education and background lets me see important relationships between energy and sound, between structure and applied forces. Yet I consider my work to be historically referenced where to me it matters. I talk in this design blog entry about the methods I use to develop the tonal design of an organ that rely more on the work of the old masters rather than emperical relationiships.

http://stevepanizza.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-artisans-versus-academic.html

Posted January 27, 2018 15:09

 

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A Design Narrative Based on Culture

 

by Steve Panizza

 

This is a narrative of community, sustainability, and pragmatism.

 

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I am lately reacquainted with members of my Italian family. My grandfather Stefano immigrated to this country from his small village of Vermiglio located in the northern Italian region of the Alps. I have discovered through correspondence that the Alpine region of Europe is a region of shared culture regardless of national borders.

 

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I find that my design language ostensibly comes from this region, an understanding that allows me to craft a design narrative that I identify as my own, one seemingly passed down through an ancestry of shared cross-border culture that engendered a strong sense of community and purpose through art, architecture, daily ritual, and even cuisine.

 

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