Rome's Urban Ecologies

Rome's Urban Ecologies : An Atlas

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This book presents a revised take on the Architectural Grand Tour. Instead of focusing on individual, historically significant examples, the Atlas looks at the city as a series of overlapping networks, where the most recognizable spaces are not read in isolation but instead as integrated, dynamic components. The Atlas begins with the contemporary city of Rome and situates it within a larger set of urban and natural systems. Each chapter presents a collection of sites (architecture, landscape, and infrastructure) grouped around thematic readings of the city, helping the reader to understand how the city behaves, why it is shaped the way it is, and how it has evolved over more

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  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138957550
  • 9781138957558

Table of contents

Introduction - The Messy Urban Ecology of Rome. Part 1: Climate and Geography 1. Reconciliations in the Floodplain: what the Tiber River brings Part 2: Foundational Structures 2. Infrastructure Building Form: gravity, water and access 3. The Projective Urban Act: building Rome's possible futures Part 3: Umbrella Spaces 4. Fragile Urbanism and Strong Rituals: the Via Papalis in the contemporary city 5. At Urban Extremes: From Basilicas to airports Part 4: Umbrella Spaces and the Functioning Surface 6. Systems of Distribution: goods, waste and transport Part 5. Keystone Structures 7. When an Object Generates Space: the tomb of St Peter 8. How a Site Transforms a Region: the emergent ecologies of il Colosseo Part 6. Urban Indicators, Geology and Subsurface Structure 9. Confronting History: metropolitana di Roma. Epilogue: experiments in cartographyshow more