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Ecological Scale: Transversal System
Ecological and natural systems, by definition, do not respect boundaries. Working with existing natural pathways (rivers, green corridors and topographical features) we will repair the connectivity of the large-scale natural systems through defined local interventions. This work implies close attention to the existing orders of the city, both the ‘archipelago’ condition of the periphery, as well as the potential porosity of the apparently impenetrable core.
Urban scale: Concentric Order
Rome remains a relatively compact metropolis, with a clearly defined historic center. We propose to mark the concentric order of the city thru a new ring, a rhetorical marker to be located between the line of the Aurelian wall and the Grande Raccordo Anulare; we want to claim the territory between the historical past and the 20th century infrastructure, questioning both and offering a new urban alternative. Although its connective and distributive potential remains important, the new ring will be a structured landscape system first, carefully woven into the existing fabric, while simultaneously operating at the city-wide scale as a device to unify the periphery.
Architectural Scale: Centripetal Array
The periphery has traditionally been the scene of large-scale architectural constructions that function simultaneously at the urban and architectural scale. These have not always been successful in the past; but we are convinced that, rather than default to a tired strategy of restoring continuous urban fabric, there remains an untapped opportunity for architectural and urban innovation through the deployment of large-scale architectural constructions in the dispersed field of Rome’s periphery. Specifically, departing from the idea of the ‘Megaform’ – large scale interventions that are characterized by intricate sectional topology and careful relationship to site and landscape – we believe that it is possible to create local density and social aggregation that is well-integrated into this new urban field condition.