This module interprets the built environment
of the city in two broad areas: one at the scale of the building,
the other at the scale of the city. In addition these places
are discussed typologically within the general categories
of infrastructure (engineering achievements) and architecture/urban
design. Because of the intimate and reciprocal relationship
that exists between built form and space in Rome, the goal
is to examine both the artifact and the intervening space.
This module explores ancient monuments,
famous churches and palaces but also less celebrated but essential
institutions such as schools, hospitals, customs’ houses,
prisons, theatres and more. The intention is to demonstrate
the significance of the built environment and its relationship
to both natural and social factors.
The wall circuits of Rome provide a frame of reference for the city both as a measure of its growth and prosperity and also as a testament to the vicissitudes of a great city, its image of itself and the practical needs for security during times of travail and even during times of peace.