Roma Riconnessa

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  • Juan Carlos Artolozaga, M.Arch. 2014
  • Hometown

    Phoenix, Arizona
  • Class

    ARCH 8912 Independent Design Thesis
  • Instructor

    Mark Morris
    Val Warke

Rome today consists of a robust index of complex forms, objects, spaces, and definitions; these derive from the influences of the Imperial, Medieval, Renaissance/Baroque, and Fascist eras. The layering and compromise between these moments in time represent Rome as the ultimate city-museum. The area within the city that has undergone the most significant historical superimposition is that of the contemporary road, Via dei Fori Imperiali.

Juan Carlos's thesis investigates these four historical periods by drawing prominent analysis from the topological and architectural interventions of the site; this leads to an urban proposal of the area, which abstractly involves reconnecting past historical layers to formulate a pragmatic design approach to this palimpsest city.


  • Silver Award of Honor, Society of American Registered Architects, New York (2015)
  • Richmond Harold Schreve Award, Cornell University (2014)
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