Thursday, September 18, 2008


“NUTRITION” # 2 – Uneternal City: Rome Limited project by BIG – Bjarke Ingles Group (Copenhagen). Uneternal City is a specific section dedicated to the city of Rome. Thirty years after Rome Interrupted, Aaron Betsky asked twelve Italian and international design studios to re-imagine the city of Rome.
BIG - Bjarke Ingles Group - Rome Limited. Luminous maps packaged as pizzas. Today the original boundary of the Nolli map is dwarfed by the size of the metropolitan region. The Google Earth image of Rome is dominated by vast suburban areas, new towns and sprawling developments, creating equally vast areas of urban void. If the Nolli map was famous for the image of the city defined by the quality of it’s leftovers, the Google Earth image reveals a region dominated by leftovers with no apparent qualities. On a regional scale Rome is hardly distinguishable from any other metropolitan region in Europe. The sprawling developments slowly eat into listed landscapes and animal habitats, creating a bloated region with a massive ecological footprint. Paradoxically the urban leftover is now the problem rather than the quality o Rome. What if we could re-create the qualities of the Nolli map on a regional scale?
A detail. The packaging of the Google Earth Rome “Pizza” map.
Contessanally tip: click on any photo to enlarge it.
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