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Rome, Italy

Seminar: Special Topics in Site and Context: Neighborhoods of Rome

Global Temple Conference

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Fall 2018
Spring 2019
Spring 2018
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This course will travel around the city on public transport to examine the modern transformations of Rome, beginning with its establishment as a new European Capital following the dissolution of the Papal States in 1870. Students will visit and analyze such diverse neighborhoods as historic Trastevere, immigrant enclaves including Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, and planned communities such as Garbatella, Testaccio and Coppedé. We will consider the relationship between the city’s historic center and its periphery as well as issues of building typology, architectural style and urban planning that track with the social transformations of the Italian state, from papacy to monarchy to totalitarianism, through its post-World War II economic recovery and its 21st Century relevance in a globalizing and urbanizing world. The class will make use of neighborhood walks, sketchbook/notebooks, and student-led discussions.