Rome Studio //AU21

Course Description

Studio Description: 

The main objective for the studio was to design a “Space of Healing” on a site located on the edge of the Monti and Esquiline neighborhoods of Rome that included several key elements of the central Archeological Zone. In this highly charged historical context students were being asked to consider how a contemporary architecture can pay respect to the past while helping a wide-range of communities attend to a post-COVID-19 world. Although each student was working on a single site, there was variation in how each student interpreted the program. Furthermore, the assumption was that this is just one of what could be a network of such sites that reflect a new way addressing health and healing as well as offering a new way of building in the city–where issues like impermanence, resilience and responsiveness are foregrounded.

Project Description:

The larger site is located on the edge of the Monti and Esquiline neighborhoods, as well as the central Archeological Zone. As such, it combines a disparate audience of tourists, commuters, local residents, and members of nearby religious institutions. In responding to such a rich array of users, any program for a “Space of Healing” must necessarily include multiple activities. These activities might range from a Health Clinic that responds to local and touristic needs; a Wellness Center that includes therapeutic and rehabilitative activities; and a Retreat that combine academic or educational activities with more spiritual ones. With these kinds of activities in mind, the students’ task in this sketch problem was to propose activities that relate to their idea about the site.

Images 1-6:  Recirculation, Wei-Yu Liao

Images 7-9: Terra : Memory and Healing in the Eternal City, Nicole Cousins

Images 10-14: From Chaos to Quiet, Nayana Cardoso

Images 15-18: Health and Human Safety, Codi Ruff

Images 19-22: Fragment: A Space for Healing, Addison Peabody