White Marsh, MD, US


Flow Trace

In designing a Tiber river museum and research center it was imperative to gain a thorough understanding of the relationship between the river and the people of Rome. After analyzing the current state of  the social significance and impact the river has on the city of Rome, the projects integrity and spirit was awakened. Realizing the amount of untapped potential the river could ultimately serve the city was the inspirational, conceptual driving factor behind the project. The strong disconnection and disservice between the river and the city was our stage. Our design intentions would aim to enhance and revitalize the necessity and impact the river served the city through careful planning and analysis of this relationship. Providing the necessary tools to promote and revitalize the interaction and impact between the city and it’s river would be accomplished through several different urban planning strategies.  

These strategies were further Inspired by the existing water typologies we discovered in Rome. Utilizing these typologies as  learning devices became the authors when describing and displaying the process of the city’s water. These events exposure to the process process became integral learning agents existing in city streets leading all the way to the designated site between the villa farnsina and palazzo farnese.

The proposal consists of three typological strategies. The first of which is a series of urban inserts consisting of stormwater veins, nozzle plug-ins, and fountain reveals. The location of these inserts are placed according to the earlier research and mapping of night and day circulation and existing city program elements on both sides of the Tiber. The second strategy consists of a waterfront revitalization program located at the rectangular waterfront between Ponte Sisto and Ponte Mazzini.  The third strategy is an integrated landscape design connected with the waterfront architecture. Using this landscape allows people to walk along the Tiber river in a city where the role of the pedestrian has been increasingly neglected in an effort to make way for vehicular traffic.

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Status: School Project
Location: Rome, IT
Additional Credits: Ashton Amspacker