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The façades of numerous Gothic-era buildings in Venice, especially those that overlook the Grand Canal, display the tendency to demonstrate a substantial degree of “entropiombo”. In other words, the structure is not quite a vertical plane but rather tends toward a
slightly sloped surface. Presently, this phenomenon is the subject of analysis and study by historians and restorers which have found the slope to be a "design" choice and are attempting to identify the construction traditions of the times, rather than the "rules" of
construction. The slope of the façade (assumed to be a design decision) might have been necessary to the special systems of connection between the vertical and horizontal elements, the arrangement of the floor slabs or the type of foundation. This theorized warping “by design” is accentuated by other warping due to subsidence and settling, localized or general, of the buildings which are always displayed in Venetian structures.

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Additional Photos by maria varipati (maria-v1981) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 30 N: 1940] (10792)
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