Vent of Academia Aeolia (29 Jan)

Ventilation shaft vent of 16th centurt Villa Aeolia in Costozza, Italy.

The Villa Aeolia is a building that is the clearest manifestation of the renaissance concept of Pneumatology. Pneuma means air, wind, spirit, soul and this architecture tries to integrate all of these. Built on caves, an elaborate system of ventilation tunnels facilitates a vision of health described by Hippocrates which relies on balancing four basic humors as fluids within the body. Barbara Kenda has take this up extensively in her book “Aeolian Winds and the Spirit in Renaissance Architecture.”

Citation: Kenda, Barbara. Aeolian Winds and the Spirit in Renaissance Architecture: Academia Eolia Revisited. Routledge, 2014.

Contributed by: Haseeb Ahmed, Craig Martin