Temporary Rome
competition 2010
‘Rome has to find a new way to cope with the demands of the future’.

To enable the ‘Citta Eterna’ to remain a living city, without erasing the old, there is a need for a time based urbanism of different speeds. By adding a complementary layer of light structures, functional diversity and activation of public space is again made possible. Temporary Rome is liberating, fast, economic, stimulating and ecological. Ensuring Rome a way to again orient towards the future. If the past has showed one thing, it is that the future is unpredictable. Cities that are shrinking now, might grow again in the future. What now seems to be the next big challenge, may turn out to be irrelevant. On the other hand completely unexpected priorities might pop up overnight. That is why Temporary Rome is based on the following principles: elasticity, lightness and speed. Like the stone building block is the urban unit of the permanent city, the pneumatic Roman Bubble is the urban unit of Temporary Rome.

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