|Oops! Excavations for "C" line at Piazza Venezia reveal|
extensive ancient ruins. Better cover them up!
Rutelli, Mayor of Rome from 1993 to 2001, one-time cultural minister and now Senator, told several personal stories to underline his thesis at a recent talk at John Cabot University in Rome on "Contemporary Transformations in the Most Complex City in the World." The interplay of
|Protesters at the opening of Meier's "box" for the Ara Pacis,|
"the resulting squabbles would have been like those of a Sardinian village, lasting centuries." As a result of his choice, however, Italian architects (left out of consideration) are irate; one said Meier's building belonged on the outskirts of Los Angeles; another likened it to McDonald's. The right wing also detests the building. We were there for the opening and their protests in April, 2006.
And now a professor of architectural history asks Rutelli - why no interplay with the fascist architecture of the piazza? With all the fascist writing on the buildings around Augustus' tomb?
Rutelli pointed out one reason he selected Meier was for his "rationalist" style, which naturally harmonized with the monumentalist Fascist architecture of the piazza.
Parco della Musica, also known as the Auditorium, is Renzo Piano's very successful (in our opinion) set of music halls in the Flaminio quarter. We also have seen the pre-Roman village partially unearthed during the building of the Parco della Musica structures. What we didn't know, and Rutelli
|Piano's Parco della Musica. Handsome, but too many|
stairs, not enough elevators, some think.
and totally reconstruct the Bibliotheca Hertziana--that is, the interior of the 17th-century Mannerist Palazetto Zuccari (on via Gregoriana, near the Spanish steps).
|The new library sits atop this matrix of steel beams.|
In 2001, construction revealed the remains of the Horti Luculliani, gardens from the Republican era. Architect Juan Navarro Baldeweg and engineers found a solution: above the ruins, they suspended
huge steel girders--essentially a floating, artificial basement. On top of that, they put the new library.
|The new library. The 17th century? Gone.|
Rutelli had more to do with the 2nd project: an elevator for the Altare della Patria, also known as the
|Rutelli's much-reviled elevator. Great |
views from the top!
After the talk, at a reception hosted by John Cabot, we gave Rutelli a copy of our book, Rome the Second Time: 15 Itineraries that Don't Go to the Coliseum." A few minutes later, as we left the building a few steps behind the mayor, he turned, smiled, and said, "non vado al Coliseo" (I'm not going to the Coliseum!).
Dianne and Bill
Modern Rome: 4 Great Walks for the Curious Traveler. In addition to the tour of the 21st-century music and art center of Flaminio (including Parco della Musica), along with Mussolini's Foro Italico, also the site of the 1960 summer Olympics, Modern Rome features three other walks: the "garden city" suburb of Garbatella, the 20th-century suburb of EUR, and a stairways walk in classic Trastevere.
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