Poster: Rome: Past, Present, Future

Rome has played an historic role as a model of planning for the built environment for at least two and a half millennia. Therefore, the city is an ideal case study for understanding the challenge of cultural urban sustainability, which aims to protect, promote, and leverage the urban and architectural past while responding to the demands for an increasingly dense and connected urban future.

The trajectory of Rome from its pre-modern state to its present-day conditions, including plans for the city’s future follows a sequence of defined planning generations in modern Italy. The current generation calls for re-connection between disparate suburban communities, known as the metropolizazzione (metropolitanization) of Rome (Giuseppe Campos Venuti, 1987, 1993).


The poster presents maps constructed using archival and contemporary planning data of the Fori-EUR corridor, a region which stretches southward from the ancient city center to a large district built in the fascist era, describing historical and contemporary examples to highlight how Rome has engaged with its cultural urban history in efforts to plan for a more integrated urban future.