Felipe´s artwork ‘Venice at a distance’ is on permanent display at the new UCL Student Centre. The overlay of images gives a painterly effect to the composition as if through the dense and humid air, the masses of buildings gradually dematerialise in the glowing light of Venice’s hazy and cold autumn days. Absence means to be away. This image represents the city of Venice as a place that remains away from our grasp, so we can recreate it through our memory and imagination. This work forms part of my PhD in Architectural Design thesis “Absence through layering: from experiencing urban leftovers to reimagining sites”, The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL 2017.