The Prati-Trionfale neighborhood is a bustling European-feeling part of Rome. Apart from the ever-present Vatican City (technically not in Prati or even in Italy) and Castel Sant’Angelo, there is not much in the way of cultural highlights to attract people here. Instead, Prati thrives on business and daily life and this can be a welcome respite from the Stendhal syndrome which strikes the visitor exhausted from seeing a famous monument at every …
Rick Steves and Rome’s Bridges
Rick Steve’s End of Year message, illustrated with my sketches of the bridges of Rome’s Tiber river, launched a hopeful message about the importance of building bridges and not erecting walls. Bridges are indeed a strong symbol of outreach, of communication and connection. They have other connotations too, though. Bridges provide shelter for the disenfranchised (such as the many immigrants arriving in Italy from troubled zones of the planet). They …
Visiting the Biennale di Venezia
A short video I made to document the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Signum Vortumni: Excavation in Rome’s Archaeological Park
TRA_20 has been helping out this month with the excavation in the Roman Forum led by our colleagues at ISAR, the International Society for Archaeology, Art and Architecture of Rome (in which Tom Rankin is a founding member). Here is a short video about the project, titled Signum Vortumni.
Fuksas Nuvola unveiling
For years I have been following the vicissitudes of Massimiliano Fuksas’ EUR project, dubbed “the Cloud” and it has now officially been completed. Rather, it has been inaugurated, which in Italy is not always the same thing as completion. In fact, multiple inaugurations are common, getting maximum mileage out of any big project, which makes perfect sense. I saw the projected inaugurated with the groundbreaking in around 2000. I have …
Video: San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura
One of a short series of architectural videos looking at some of Rome’s hidden treasures. This video is about San Lorenzo Fuori le Mura, one of the churches built by Constantine outside the walls.