Back to the future: Archaeology & Innovation in the building of Roma Capitale

Back to the future: Archaeology & Innovation in the building of Roma Capitale

Author: Hugh Petter

- The Classicist, Volume II, 1995

This essay explores the use of Antiquity as a source of inspiration in the development of Rome after it became the Capital of Italy in 1870. It explains how tradition was fused with technological advance to tackle new building types in a difficult commercial and political environment. It also assesses the impact of new buildings designed in this way in a sensitive historic context and offers the approach has an alternative model for contemporary architects.

It is featured in 'ANCIENT ROME - THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE ANCIENT CITY' Edited by Jon Coulston & Hazel Dodge - in the books section.