|Mayor Alemanno (left), President|
Napolitano at microphone.
|Beam me up, Scotty!|
|The Sant'Angese-Annibaliano Station on the B-1 line|
|The restaurant/wine bar Open Colonna, at the|
Palazzo delle Esposizioni
|Desideri's Florence auditorium|
|Annalaura Spalla's Cavour installation|
Where the old station was about division--the plaque rekindling memories of the German occupation and the transporting of Rome's Jews--the new one is about unity, in two ways. Because the station straddles the tracks, it unites two neighborhoods historically separated: Nomentana (which includes Piazza Bologna) and Pietralata, across the railroad yard to the northeast. Dedicated to Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, a leading figure in the movement for Italian unification, the station celebrates (and with its high-speed trains, enhances) 150 years of Italian unity. The station's Nomentano atrium (left) features a 20-meter high installation, designed by architect Annalaura Spalla, cut with the words of Cavour's discourse on "Roma Capitale," given to the Italian Chamber of Deputies on March 25, 1861.
The other, above the tracks, is the main concourse, the grand gallery. It has some notable "green" features: it's equipped to handle photovoltaic units (in the future); and rather than air-conditioned, it is oriented to take advantage of the movement of the sun.
|June, 2012, 6 months after the opening ceremonies|
|The Pompidou Center, Metz, France. More pods,|
but Ban's, not Desideri's.
Welcome to the pantheon, Paolo.
|A high-speed train, about to leave the Tiburtina Station. In the center background, a "pod" protruding|
from the grand gallery.