La Ville en miettes. Rome: the residual landscape of the post metropolitan borderline.

Year : 2015

Function: urban space theory, landscape architecture.

Site location: Rome.

University / Institution : Università degli Studi Roma Tre – Dipartimento di Architettura

Nationality: Italian

City and date of birth: Rome 04/05/1990

Contacts:, facebook: Giulia Bassi

Tutors: Prof. Arch Luca Montuori, Prof. Dott. Marco Cremaschi

Brief Description of the project:

In 1964 photographer Tazio Secchiaroli portrayed Mr. Clint Eastwood, dressed like a cowboy, riding a horse not so far from the neighborhood of Cinecittà, in the open roman countryside: in the back, you can see the huge social houses buildings, while in the foreground, our character is absorbed by an almost deserted green field. City and countryside were two well defined entities. What happened, since then, to the urban tissue’s edge, now separated from the border of an over-metropolitan city that keeps on growing? There’s the area where the suburbs take place: inconsistent and heterogeneous aggregates disperse themselves in the continuous country, which is consequently reduced to a series of fragments. There’s a road flowing down the entire project area (the east quadrant of Rome): it’s an historical trace, a report on the territory that goes through, a measure unit. All at the same time. This theses speculated on this street, and started using it, as a tool of analysis that keeps material and immaterial elements of the landscape together. The first phase allowed the isolation of a new type of landmarks, and together with them, a new type of complex “beauty” able to embody not only the quality of the countryside appreciable at the periphery of Rome, but also the frustration, the sufferance and the lack of expression coming from the suburb’s logic of settlement. This theses identifies this new elements of contemporary urban beauty with “crumbles”: small, often hidden and hardly visible objects, which are indeed responsible for defining the image of the post-metropolitan city. This new crumbled landscape tests the idea of “design” itself. In the three focus of the intervention, the project phase is far from a formal solution, and closer to a process of selection and improving of places that can express the identity of this new urban shape, that’s starting to go into a real and open conflict with the city-centre. Monuments and history are not sufficient anymore to define an area made of welding fringes, connections between natural elements, visual spots that almost become material thanks to their power of communication. The three projects that come close to this reflection on the contemporary city try, on one hand, to isolate some recurring contexts, on the other hand, the try to use a sort of “gradients” of materiality of the project in order to extoll some elements of the landscape, previously recognized and recomposed to become identity of the peripheral city.

cover and table of contents

historical reconstrucion of the object of the analysis: an ancient street

evolution of the street together with the evolution of Rome’s urban tissue

the street today: comparison between the original and the modern layout

the street’s role in the road and transportation networks

street’s morphology and relationship with the not urbanized territory: the borderline

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driving in and out the borderline: perspectives

relationship between the street and its urban tissue

relationship between the street and the fragmentary geomorphology of the territory

continuous landscape areas: where the countryside is still able to get into the urban tissue

strategy: list of interventions for the three project areas

reflections on the elements of postmetropolitan landscape

Project 1_connecting natural elements: localization + 3D view

Project 1_connecting natural elements: plan 1:1000 + 3D view

Project 2_preserving rural settlements: localization + 3D view

Project 2_preserving rural settlements: plan 1:1000 + 3D view

Project 3_designing on the borderline: localization + 3D view

Project 3_designing on the borderline: plan 1:1000 + 3D view


Author: Giulia Bassi