Roma 20-25

Roma 1
Roma 2

Project description

The project Roma 2025 was born in the framework of the PRIN (Program of Relevant National Interest) research titled Re-Cycle Italy, and promoted by the Municipality of Rome. It involved twelve Italian Universities, previously included in the Re-Cycle network, and thirteen international partners schools in order to provide twenty-four urban projects in just as many different squared tiles of ten kilometers side each, covering the entire Metropolitan Area o Rome.

The exhibition “Roma 2025” provided the testing ground to investigate the ways in which metropolis can be imagined and remade within a 10-year span of time, exploring 'by design' realistic and visionary scenarios.

Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) invited as a partner the South China University of Technology (SCUT). The two universities provided two different projects in different “tiles” sharing a common approach to the sites.

The survey and analysis of open source documents (plans, projects, formal acts, articles, blogs) enabled to reconstruct some intertwined events, such as deliberative acts, illegal development, trials, technical scattering of plans and projects among borders and separate competences, strategic documents. This network can be referred to the physical map and it shows a sort of “battlefield”, in which every designed intention of the context has been lost. A place where the chances of controlling any development or morphological order have been erased by conflicts, situations of emergency, problematic objects and lack of coherence in land regulation tools.

The sequence of norms and deliberative acts (river basin plans, General Urban Plans, executive plans, building permits), together with the events which affect land development, produce the insurgence of autonomous parcels, such as illegal villages, industrial buildings in floodable areas, out-of-scale buildings. The narrative of such a chaotic accumulation is recorded through a number of documents made by different actors: public and private, individual and collective. The network of documents can be pictured as a system of interactions and deviations that includes political decisions, conflicts, negotiations, inclusive but also illegal actions.

This map reveals that following decades of tentative design approach, further grand-design solutions are likely to generate underwhelming additions, in which once more pieces combine without reciprocal dialogue.

Design and exhibited materials proposed by SCUT and POLITO teams emphasize instead intertwining and recombinatory possibilities of implicit potentials and design a sequence of actions in order to propose a strategy of territorial renewal.

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