Patterns in Design from the Old Country

Recently my wife and I traveled to Italy in search of inspiration and a much needed vacation.  We meandered through the cities of Rome, up to Venice and down to Sorrento with quite a few stops in between.  Our strolls often had no particular goal, save enjoying the afternoon and of course a good meal when the mood struck. Somewhere along the way I was intrigued by the patterns I was noticing in the simple parts and pieces of the urban forms.  Looking back at our trip photos I noticed a collection of the patterns as they banded together to create the larger urban core.  Here are a few of my favorites that build in complexity and scale.

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