The Green Aqueduct: *No Humans Please


Name: Stephen Godanis

Nationality: USA

Institution / Company: HighMark Land Design, City College of New York, Boston Architectural College, Indiana University


Name: Kotayba Qadour

Nationality: Syrian

Institution / Company: AIBC, Boston Architectural College, Arab International University


–FINALIST of Re-Nature Rome Competition


In exploring our concept, we reflected upon classical Roman Architecture and the transformations over millennia.


We were struck by paintings and vignettes of architecture covered in lush greenery, and envision a hybrid return.


Our concept elaborates upon the classical Roman arch, connecting interior courtyards into a meshed network.  Designated as a ‘Human Free Zone’ our Green Aqueduct spreads and towers over the urban fabric, creating a new typology left to develop independently of humans.  Humans are needed, of course, but their involvement is merely to construct the structure and to participate as passive observers.


Over time, primary succession activates the structure and develops a new ecosystem.  More connections are added when needed but remember ***NO HUMANS PLEASE***


The Green aqueduct seeks to empower biodiversity. By boldly integrating a new strategy to the eternal city a new synergy and future will emerge. Ecological systems can develop and heal. A sky forest will improve air quality and the heat island effect by introducing massive amounts of biomass.


The Green Aqueduct will exist as a future monument, aiding in ecological tourism and contributing to city beauty. As a ‘Human Free Zone’ the landscape will be free to expand as long as Rome’s denizens desire it to do so.  




#rewilding #ecosystemrestoration #naturalreservoirs #publicspace #airquality #nohumansplease

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