A new map of the metropolitan city was developed, identified as being the vast perimeter of Rome’s social and economic life today, starting from a diagram that goes beyond the administrative boundaries centered around the area of the Palatine Hill, a quadrilateral measuring 50 km per side.
“ROMA 20-25 – New Life Cycles for the Metropolis”
December 19, 2015 – January 17, 2016
Maxxi Museo Nazionale d’Arte Contemporanea
Via Guido Reni 4A
The “Roma 20-25: New Life Cycles for the Metropolis” project draws inspiration from the 1978 “Roma Interrotta” exhibition, whose products were shown in 2014 within a retrospective organized by the MAXXi Foundation. Thirty-five years ago, twelve renowned architects were asked to design Rome’s urban development by using Nolli’s map from the 18th century, as if Rome’s urban development had been “interrupted” two centuries earlier.
While “Roma Interrotta” provided a framework for design by turning the clock back —the 18th-century urban area was small enough to employ the grammar of architecture and urban design— Rome 20-25 aims to deal with today’s huge extension and to still utilize the tools of architecture within the area of the smaller squares (1 km by 1 km).
A mosaic of interpretations and proposals on many themes, from architecture to landscape, from infrastructures to lifestyles, for which each of the twenty-five universities invited analyzed and designed a macro measuring 10 km per side. The idea of assigning this task to this group of universities harks back to previous experiences, for instance, “Learning from Las Vegas” by Venturi and Scott-Brown (1972), and Colin Rowe’s figure-ground diagram (1978) as an instrument of analysis and urban design.
The project also draws inspiration from the experience of “Roma Interrotta” promoted in 1978 by Incontri Internazionali d’Arte from an idea by Piero Sartogo now in MAXXI Architettura collection. Twelve world-class architects used Giovan Battista Nolli’s well-known 1748 map to imagine that Rome had stopped two and a half centuries before. Going back in time, they planned the city over again.
The goal of ROMA 20-25 is to ask questions about a new model for the city, which shares with the three previous ones an acknowledgement of the urban reality: the city is what exists, and it should also be read from a perspective that is at once critical and projective, effective and visionary.
The aim of the project is to interpret the city of Rome in its maximum extension and, with the contribution of many energies, to reopen the discussion on research and planning for the contemporary city.