The MAXII Exhibition

"Giro di Roma: The Agency of Architecture at the Urban Scale"

Our approach is governed by three working principles. First, to engage the question of Rome’s immediate periphery in both its local, historical context as well as the wider context of dispersed urbanisms in the 21st Century. This suggests a careful attention to infrastructure and mobility: both the movement of goods and people, as well as social mobility. Second, to understand the city today as something not separate from nature but embedded in a larger ecological context; today, the city is in nature and nature is in the city. This implies a close attention to territory, topography and landscape. Finally, we want to engage the memory of the 1978 Roma Interrotta exhibition. Despite the vast scale of the site, we are convinced that the problem of the city belongs to architecture, and that architectural interventions have a real potential for positive agency at the urban scale.

The CAUI team was assigned the central square in the large territorial array, sharpening the exhibition’s focus on questions of center and periphery. Our focus, however was not on the historic center, but rather on the edges of the given square: the porous mix of landscape and building fabric surrounding Rome’s compact center.


Research and Exhibition proposal produced by Princeton’s Center for Architecture, Urbanism and Infrastructure
Stan Allen, Director and project leader
Research and Design Team:
Julian Harake; Miles Gertler; Alfredo Thiemann; Hans Tursack; Okki Berendschot; Liam Turkle; Princeton University CAUI