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Roma interrotta

Nolli map of Rome based collages


AUTHOR: Pasquale Iaconantonio
PLACE: Roma, Italy
YEAR: 2016
STATUS: Unbuilt
INSTAGRAM: @_zonetti


Roma Interrotta [a.p.o.v.] originates as a personal interpretation of the designsĀ developed by the internationally renowned architects P. Sartogo, C. Dardi, A. Grumbach.Ā J. Stirling, P. Portoghesi, R. Giurgola, R. Venturi, C. Rowe, M. Graves, R. Krier, A. Rossi,Ā L. Krier, on Nolli map of Rome for the 1978 project Roma Interrotta.
Now, forty years after the first exposition of the project at the Mercati Traianei, anotherĀ point of view of those utopian proposals is presented, illustrated through Piranesiā€™sĀ etchings.

In 1748, Giovanni Battista Nolli presented Pope Benedetto XIV with the ā€œNew Map ofĀ Romeā€, composed of twelve engravings in which the city was sectioned from theĀ foundations to the roofs. They included 1320 places of special interest, besides 114Ā squares, 311 buildings, 326 churches, aqueducts and archways, antiquities, well-knownĀ fountains, chapels, oratories, monasteries, hospitalsā€¦ just for a city populated by 150,000Ā people.

Nolli map of Rome was the last coherent urban development plan of Rome and, in 1978, in theĀ face of the inertia and land speculation which sculpted the modern ā€œEternal Cityā€, PieroĀ Sartogo together with the ā€œIncontri internazionali dā€™arteā€ proposed to re-design RomeĀ again, starting from Nolli map of Rome and working by subtraction-substitution/addition. This isĀ how ā€œRome Interrottaā€ originated, which involved inviting the twelveĀ architects to propose a new personal design of the city, each working independentlly onĀ one sector.

Now in 2016, ā€œRoma Interrotta ā€“ another point of viewā€ is a new vision of the utopian proposals made byĀ the twelve architects. The thorough study of the original drawings and writings of theĀ 1978 project was the starting point to better understand the designersā€™ intentions. TheĀ graphics try to take both the architectural background of the architects andĀ the approach adopted in Nolliā€™s plan, although they were subject to personal interpretationĀ during the study phase.

The choice of using Piranesiā€™s engravings as a common base for the graphics is becauseĀ it is the closest image of Nolli map of Rome. These engravings are the common thread ofĀ a series of unlinked projects since each architect uses his own architectural language. TheĀ only link among them is the need to open a debate: that is, utopia as a concreteĀ philosophy to be transformed into reality, because sometimes it is necessary to imagineĀ the impossible in order to design the possible.


Pasquale Iaconantonio is a Calabrian architect, masters degree in Architecture at Sapienza University in Rome, Italy. Ever engaged with architectural design and drawing. Since 2014 has participated in various architectural projects and actively participates in competitions and exhibitions.


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