Gianni Wisdom

The reason why Rome is one of the two cities for this project is because of our very own Gianni. He lives in Rome (Except when he’s studying here) and knows the less populated and interesting places of the city. So our group did our very own interview of Gianni

Notes from “interview” and research. (These are only the notes I was able to capture, check out Jenny, Jonny & Kirstin’s blog post for more information.)

  • “Ancient Rome is overdone, central Rome is filled with tourists”
  • Rome is filled with Cobblestones
  • Rome have massive oranges!
  • Rome is famous for Symmetry, geometry & Graphic Design
  • As Rome is religious, churches and synagogues are left untouched from vandals. Leaving them clean with virtually no graffiti.
  • The city is constantly being refurbished due it’s materials, up-keeping with the Ancient Rome aesthetic.
  • As it’s attraction is tourism; the city is at a time warp. Modern buildings a rent acknowledged due to Ancient Rome background
  • Film to look into:
    The Great Beauty
    Rome, Open City
    Ben Hur
  • Points of Interest:

    Cervara Di Roma: The village of artists

    Many artists have found their home in Cervara since the eighteenth century due to it’s majestic surroundings. It is the furthest town from Rome and can only be reach by walking.

    View of town Cervara Di Roma, Accessed 3rd Feb 2016

    Many artists have captured the town’s surroundings; for example Antoine August Hebert’s famous painting of the town is featured in the Louvre, Paris.

    Les Cervarolles, 1859 – Ernest Hébert. Accessed 3rd Feb 2016

    The town also inhabited Sante Monachesi (Italian Futurism) before becoming well known in cities such as Paris and Madrid.

     [,. “Cervara Di Roma | Roma & Più”. N.p., 2016. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.]

    Abandoned Places Rome

    Gianni advised us to look at abandoned places in Rome. They contrast heavily with Central Rome’s aesthetic of symmetrical, clean and upkeep. There are parts of Rome where there is overgrown plants and moss and the buildings are crumbling. An example of this is Parco Dei Mostri. It’s not in Rome however it is in northern Lazio. It other name is the ‘Monster Park’ where  it features “grotesque creatures” made from natual rock . Artists such as Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau were found of the place and is considered one of “Italy’s best kept treasures.”

    The Monster Park (Sacred Grove) Accessed 3rd Feb 2016

    [,. “Cervara Di Roma | Roma & Più”. N.p., 2012. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.]

    Piazza del Popolo

    When talking to Gianni on Rome and it’s symmetry; Piazza del Popolo was mentioned. It’s building almost mirror each other exactly. They were designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini with the help of various other collaborated they aimed to inspire and impress travellers as they walked by. Their biggest challenge which they had to overcome was shaping the domes, as the buildings had to be symmetrical. Despite looking identical they actually are two different shapes, one being circular whilst the other maintaining an oval shape.

    [,. “Piazza Del Popolo, Rome – Italy – Italyguides.It”. N.p., 2016. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.]

    Rom, Piazza del Popolo
    Roma Piazza del Popolo. Accessed 3rd feb 2016

    Piazza is a name for squares or centres  in Rome,  often featuring a centre piece thats sculptural and eye catching. Both of these elements are interesting to know. Does our floating city need a centrepiece? Is symmetry going to influence the design of our city heavily?

    Borghi Lazio

    Although in Lazio, it was mentioned as an inspiration for ideas. The village is  built on ancient streets and slopes and is framed by aqueducts and city walls. The village itself looks like it is stuck in the middle ages.

    Villages of Lazio. Accessed 3rd Feb 2016

    [Visit Lazio,. “Visit Lazio”. N.p., 2016. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.]

    Villa Adriana

    Based in Tivolli near Rome and created as a retreat for the Roman Emperor Hadrian. To this day it is still there but only fractions, some of the structures are still around but it looks at the Roman’s interest in arcs and structure.

    Tivoli – Villa Adriana – Complesso del Canopo. Accessed 3rd Feb 2016

    “It is shaped by a series of interdependent and inter-locking structures, each one with its own individual purpose: the structure with three exedrae, the Nymph Stadium, a fishing structure, the four-sided portico, the small thermal water baths, and the Praetors’ (Roman bodyguards’) vestibule.

    The symmetries and the interdependence of the structures – connected one to another via guarded access points created for both the privacy and security of the Emperor – make it clear that together they composed a monumental compound that mirrored Hadrian’s image as a great and sophisticated man.”

    [Italian Tourism Official Website,. “The Emperor’s Abode: Hadrian’s Villa”. N.p., 2015. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.]

    Vatican Gardens

    Gianni explained to us that gardens and buildings were very controls with virtually no plants untrimmed or cut to be in upkeep with the cultures aesthetic. An example of this is the Vatican Gardens. Owned by the Pope; the gardens are spread across 57 acres decorated with sculptures and floral arrangements.

    Vatican Gardens. Accessed 3rd Feb 2016

    Other places in Italy

    Again these places are not in Rome however they could be useful for inspiration when thinking of designs for the floating city. Since However they are not Rome I decided to not look into these places further but keeping them as inspiration in appearance. They are quite chaotic compared to Rome. I really love the bright colours in some of the these place; this could be a nice contrast for a “new” Rome.

    Amalfi Coast. Accessed 3rd Feb 2016
    Matera, Italy . Accessed 3rd feb 2016
    La Spezia, Italy. Accessed 3rd Feb 2016
    Scilla in Calabria, Italy. Accessed 3rd Feb 2016

    Castel Gandolfo

    Based in just the south of Rome owned by the Pope,a historic town dominated by villas and villages. It is considered one of Italy’s most scenic towns and features a lot of nature and woodland.

    Castel Gondolfo. Accessed 3rd Feb 2016

    Piazza del Campidglio

    Designed by  Michelangelo in 1536, considered an iconic symbol of Rome. Featuring sculpturing from ancient ruins and holds as the city’s city hall. The pavement design by Michelangelo was created to enhance the dynamic interplay between the square and buildings.

    Piazza del Campidoglio. Accessed 3rd Feb 2016

    “Michelangelo created a new façade for the Palazzo dei Conservatori (begun 1538), which was largely in ruins when the artist began reshaping the square. The building shows Michelangelo’s use of a “giant Corinthian order,” consisting of huge pilasters on tall bases that unite the two stories. The flat roof and level entablature are signature features of Michelangelo’s architectural designs.”

    [HowStuffWorks,. “Michelangelo Buildings”. N.p., 2007. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.]

    Villa Borghese

    Starting off as a vineyard and then turned into a park, Rome obtained the park from the Borghese family in 1903 and now it is the city’s largest public park. it is also home to several museums, an eighteenth century archway, a botanical garden and a amphitheater.

    Temple of Aesculapius. Accessed 3rd Feb 2016

    [Ermengem, Kristiaan. “Villa Borghese, Rome”. A View On Cities. N.p., 2016. Web. 3Feb. 2016.]


    Separated from central Rome just along the Tiber River. Trastevere maintained a small structure with narrow lanes whilst the rest of the city was in expansion. Known more to the working class and now a place in rome which holds night life and entertainment.

    Trastevere. Accessed 3rd Feb 2016

    [Planet, Lonely. “A Perfect Day In Trastevere, Rome’s Favourite Neighbourhood – Lonely Planet”. Lonely Planet. N.p., 2015. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.]

    Justice Palace

    Located along the Tiber River, the building was shown to us as a great archetitural structure. Taking into account the symmetry, arcs, level of detail.

    Justice Palace. Accessed 3rd Feb 2016

    Capuchin Crypt

    The crypt is located beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. There are five chambers decorated in bones and the skeletons of monks and romans

    Capuchin Church, Rome. Accessed 3rd Feb 2016

    “Constructed somewhere between 1732-75, five rooms hold the bones of over 3,700 Capuchin friars as well as indigent Romans, including children. But even the Capuchins cannot provide a direct or definitive explanation for the peculiar display of human bones and mummified corpses that is found here. The crypt and the church, the Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini, were established here in 1631 due to the Capuchin order’s close association with the wealthy Barberini’s who built their family palazzo nearby.”

    [Untapped Cities,. “The Capuchin Crypt: A Monument Of Human Bones And Corpses In Rome”. N.p., 2013. Web. 3 Feb. 2016.]

    Parr Sacro Cuore Del Suffragio

    This is one of the few gothic church in Rome. The contrast of the style in architecture between the church and the surrounding buildings is interesting.

    Parr Sacro Cuore Del Suffragio. Accessed 3rd Feb 2016
  • Sport, Calcio Florentino- An early form of football played by Italians today.
  • Sculptures by Bernini Bonarelli- Made from marble

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