URBAN INTERVENTION OF VIA DEI FORI IMPERIALI

The first part of this condensed 6 week Abroad Studio through the University of Miami Rome Program began by looking at the historic Via Dei Fiori Imperiali. The challenge was reworking the 30m wide street that was built during Mussolini’s reign into a more pedestrian friendly space for locals and visitors. The solution was to integrate the axis planned by Mussolini, considered now a strong part of Rome’s history, with the ruins by connecting the original ancient levels to the present day ground level.

  • Date Fall 2016

CONCEPT SKETCHES: TRANSFORMATION OF VIA DEI FORI IMPERIALI

THE FORO DELLA PACE STANDS AT 15.5M ABOVE SEA LEVEL AND CONNECTS TO THE PRESENT DAY LEVEL OF ROME (23M) BY LARGE STAIRS MEANT TO INVITE THE PUBLIC TO EXPLORE ALL ASPECTS OF THE SITE AND TO RELAX AND ENJOY THE RUINS AS A HISTORIC PUBLIC SPACE.

The footprint of the ancient Forum of Peace is excavated and reinvented as it once stood before with the plantars and landscaping of Roman Pine trees. The ancient Forum of Peace acts as an intersecion point of the current roads to connect the new passageway for pedestrians. “In the area of museology the question of representation and narrative always comes to the surface. In a field of urban archeology which is that of Via dei Fori Imperiali and the central archeological area in Rome, it is left to the representation of architecture to demonstrate its transformative role and the definition of a new cityscape between history and modernity. The narrative, the story of the archaeological program, is delegated to the museographic procedures, taking into account that this is not a linear narrative but reflects a knowledge which is primarily experien tial and in which the relationship with spaces and artifacts or exhibits, introduces a subjective elaboration of knowledge. Therefore it must be underlined, annotated and even implemented by devices that belong to the museum design.”
– Luca Passo Peressut