When in Rome, Do as the Romans do.

I never really understood the phrase until looking it up for the project. The phrase “When in Rome, do as the romans do” means behave as others around you. Don’t act like a tourist act as one of the locals. Or as other people seem to interrupt it; go with the flow!

The module requires statistics on a city we are unfamiliar with, since we don’t live there we need to do a lot of research. Our group decided to try and split up the research. I’m going to try the roman approach and avoid delving into cliché tourist websites. However I feel like that may be a bit hard. ALAS HENCE FORWARD!

I found a website that  had information based on Rome which was a good starting point on my research for the city.

Notes to take from the webpage that may prove to be useful:

Time Zone: 11 am = noon Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
Flag: Vertical bands of orange (left) and yellow.
Ethnic Composition: Italian; German, French, Slovenes, Albanian-Italians, Greek-Italians
Elevation: 4,336 m (14,453 ft) above sea level
Latitude and Longitude: 41°54′N, 12°30′E
Climate : Temperate, mild winters and long, dry, hot summers
Annual Mean Temperature: 7.4°C (45.3°F) in January; 25.7°C (78.3°F) in July
Average Annual Rainfall: 890 mm (35 in)
Government: Multi-party republic, headed by a president and prime minister, legislative power held by bicameral Parliament: Senate and Chamber of Deputies
Weights and Measures: Metric
Monetary Units: The euro (EUR). As of January 1, 1999, the lira became a subdivision of the Euro (conversion rate: 1,936.27 lira to one Euro; one Euro equals 100 cents.)
Telephone Area Codes: Italy country code 39; Rome city code 6

“Near the banks of the Tiber River, 2,700 years ago on seven hills, the foundation of Rome was laid. It is one of the most ancient cities in Europe. Since then, it has been continuously inhabited and has grown into a city of almost three million people, covering 1,502 square kilometers (580 square miles). Rome is in southern Italy, in southern Europe, and has a parallel latitude with New York state. “-“Rome Facts, Information, Pictures | Encyclopedia.Com Articles About Rome”. Encyclopedia.com. N.p., 2000. Web. 1 Feb. 2016.

On this web page there was a table that was quite interesting. It compares Rome to other capitals such as Cairo and New York.

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“Rome Facts, Information, Pictures | Encyclopedia.Com Articles About Rome”. Encyclopedia.com. N.p., 2000. Web. 1 Feb. 2016.

Considering that this page was created in 2000, these states aren’t accurate however the comparison now would likely be the same. It shows that Rome is an expensive place to visit on a daily basis (as a tourist) however this is no surprise considering it is the capital of  Italy. Looking at the newspapers they seems to have the most out of the capitals, I don’t know if it would be worth looking into but its interesting to see the development of media.

A book that was useful was The Lonely Planet’s guide to Rome, it was packed with information however was more opinion based. So using this needs to be read with a grain of salt as they would say.When going through the book, it was actually filled with locations of hotels  and restaurants which may not be helpful for this module. However i found a quote or two which could be useful:

“Driving in Rome is a special experience; it’s exhilarating, terrifying & often pointless. Te city has the largest concentration of cars in the world (690 cars for every 1000 inhabitants)” – Garwood, Duncan. Rome. Paris: Lonely planet, 2006. Print. pg 285

“Rome’s ancient heart lies at the southern end of the city centre, at the bottom of the Via Cavour, the lausy road that leads up to Stazione Termini.”-Garwood, Duncan. Rome. Paris: Lonely planet, 2006. Print. pg 79

To think of elements for our floating city I tried looking into Rome inventions. There were several things that have Roman origins. [Source: Adhikari, Saugat. “Top 10 Ancient Roman Inventions”. AncientHistoryLists. N.p., 2015. Web. 1 Feb. 2016.]


Not that i’m a fortune teller or already set on an idea for our floating city but I think arches could be a big part in the design. Arches are the foundations of structures,we could implement this into our own designs.

Arch- Accessed 1st Feb 2016

“It was the Romans who first found out a way to set an arch on top of two tall pedestals such that it would span over a walkway (and in many cases, even highways). These arches went on to become a pivotal engineering construct that laid the foundation for many of the subsequent structural highlights of ancient Rome. “

Grid Based Cities

Looking into a grid based city could impact our floating city and brings up questions on how our city is going to be structured. The Romans took into consideration the various buildings within the city and played that into the design. I am not sure if we have the time to focus on not just the vocal points of Rome but maybe with correct time management we could look into smaller buildings in more detail.

Grid based city – Accessed 1st Feb 2016

“This grid was an ideal structure to organize the different components of city such as housings, theaters and stores into particular blocks. Rather than making it a monotonous array of blocks, Romans incorporated various items such as open theaters, public baths, markets and other recreational facilities within a city grid. ”


Aqueducts were a solution  to plumbing in Rome,with the use of gravity and other factors. This sets them a part from other civilisations, we could use the same system for our own floating city.

Aqueducts – Accessed 1st Feb 2016

“The first of Roman aqueducts were built around 312 BC and thereon took off as an engineering marvel that used the downhill flow of water into the city centers. The entire aqueduct network relied on various factors and the use of gravity to maintain a continuous flow – whose overall engineering concept was far more remarkable for its time”

Here are some points of interest as said by Google. At the moment it’s nice to just look at these buildings for inspiration and admire their architecture.


It’s a start but hopefully through more research into Rome, myself and the group can get a visual representation of the city!






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