Our approach is governed by three working principles:
First, to engage the question of Rome’s immediate periphery in both its local historical context and the wider context of dispersed urbanisms in the 21st Century. This suggests a careful attention to infrastructure and mobility. In order to underscore the idea that the remnants of the historical past are not limited to the center, we propose to mark the concentric order of the city with a new ring, which will be a structured landscape system first while simultaneously operating at the city-wide scale as a device to unify the periphery.
Our second approach is to understand the city today as something not separate from nature but embedded in a larger ecological context. This implies a close attention to territory, topography and landscape. 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.
Finally, we want to engage the memory of the 1978 Roma Interrotta exhibition (and its deep Princeton roots). Specifically, departing from Kenneth Frampton’s 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. Despite the vast scale of the site, we are convinced that the problem of the city belongs to architecture, and that local architectural interventions have a real potential for positive agency at the urban scale.
Team members: Julian Harake, Miles Gertler, Alfredo Thiemann