PROJECT TEAM: JULIE EIZENBERG, HANK KONING, NATHAN BISHOP, MOHAMED SHARIF, RODERICK VILLAFRANCA, CATHERINE TANG, ERICA CHLAD
ADVISORS: MARGARET CRAWFORD, TEDDY CRUZ, DIANE FAVRO, PAULETTE SINGLEY, PAOLO TOMBESI, RICCARDO VANNUCCI
“The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled so much as to make settled things strange.” – G.K. Chesterton
The world relates to Rome as tourists. Everyday life mingles with myth and the pull of the idea of Rome’s center overwhelms the legitimacy of the periphery. The suburban condition needed to be investigated on its own terms, so we set about unbundling the suburbs from the historic core. Unfurling the suburbs initiated a non-hierarchical line of thinking and pinning Rome back together highlighted key places of interest – disinvested communities, neglected countryside, antiquities and malls. Looping these points generated a freewheeling line that begged a more compelling future than the sponsoring freeway. So envisage instead, a 120k train ride infused with Italian industrial design ingenuity traversing the GRA to cultivate missing and underappreciated public space as well as catalyze development. Fast effective public transportation would eclipse the GRA’s plodding commuter experience with the thrill of a more sustainable and public-spirited suburban dream.