Arch 431: Drawing (Rome Style)
I had the opportunity to study several spaces in Rome, however few recent works resonated with the same strength in comparison to Renzo Piano's Parco della Musica. Under the direction of Professor Francesco Mancini, I was able to develop a study starting with human movement and it's progression through both historic and modern space in Rome. Using the Parco della Musica as a modern piazza, I was able to map and compare user navigation of a historic piazza on the Tiber Island. Together, the drawing series investigates human interaction with the public setting, and attempts to map human progress across the space.
Find the entire series, including initial sketch work, in the Rome: Sketch and Studio tab.
“The most fascinating adventure for an architect is that of constructing a concert hall. It might be even nicer for a violinmaker to make a violin; but (given all the differences there are in size and time) they are similar activities. Ultimately, the objective is always to make instruments that are made for playing or listening to music.The sound is what rules. The harmonic chamber must vibrate with its frequencies and its energy.
Music has always been the focus of my attention: working with acoustics, working with musicians. The Roman Auditorium, however, is not simply an Auditorium, but a complete City of Music: with three halls, an open air amphitheater, large rehearsal and recording rooms.
The Roman adventure, therefore, has been enriched by an important urban dimension: The Auditorium is not simply a musical establishment; there is also a square, Santa Cecilia, people who work there, there are shops, bars and restaurants.
All these activities add an additional dimension to the project: to give an urban sense to an area that needs urban participation.
Cultural locations, just like musical ones, have the natural ability of enriching the urban texture, stop the city’s barbarization and give back that extraordinary quality that it has always had in history. Musical instruments, therefore, are submerged in the Parco della Musica’s vegetation, which rolling down from Villa Glori, surrounds the Auditorium’s large lutes and two architectural gems such as the Flaminio Stadium and the Palazzetto dello Sport (Sport Palace) and ends up on Viale Tiziano. This gives the City of Rome a large twenty hectare Park inhabited by Music.”
Renzo Piano - Fondazione Musica per Roma
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