University of Arkansas / Philadelphia University / Auburn University / University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Location: University of Arkansas Rome Center
Beginning from a critical observation of the monumental Trajan’s Column, the architectural and urban workshop 'Columna, from Object to City' will be devoted to study and developing design solutions for one of the most significant areas in Rome: Trajan’s Forum and Trajan’s Markets.
Trajan’s Column describes, with an unfolding ribbon of bas-reliefs, Trajan’s campaign in Dacia. The column is today perceived as an object in space, but it was originally surrounded by two libraries and it was part of, and embedded within, a complex program of buildings which formed the Forum of Trajan. For centuries, Trajan’s Column, and its surrounding context, inspired and generated some of the most important urban designs which are part of Rome’s history.
Indeed, this important site, located in the center of the city, has been subject to major urban transformations carried out by emperors, popes and, in more recent times, by the urban planners of the Fascist regime.
Students will be divided into groups. Each working group will conduct a series of analyses of the urban and architectural context within and around Trajan’s Forum and Markets, in order to understand its historical stratification and develop a project proposal to be produced within the collective work of the group.
Particular attention will be devoted to the role of this important historical area within the broader context of the city.
The project proposals will aim at providing design solutions to the following topics:
- Understand and reveal the site’s historical transformations;
- Address the role of the site at metropolitan scale through the proposals of a sustainable pattern of circulation;
- Give accessibility and continuity to the immediate urban context, providing accesses and means of circulation within the site;
- Assign specific programmatic roles to the different areas within and around the site;
- Research and analyze projects which may represent significant precedents, and more specifically precedents on Architecture and Archaeology;
- Identify possible and structural and technological solutions for building on archaeological sites;
- Generate schematic design proposals for the area, developed in two-dimensional and three dimensional drawings and models.
The workshop will be held in collaboration with:
Superintendent of Cultural Heritage of the City of Rome
Roma Tre University
ISMA (Institute for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean)
CISTeC - (Research Centre of Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage – “Sapienza” University of Rome)
Image realized for the exibhition “Columna: A Tribute to the Traian’s Column”, c/o Trajan’s Market - Rome