CULTURAL CAMPUS OF ROME
History & Contemporary, Locals & Visitors Bridged through culture
YEAR : 2016 Spring
INSTRUCTOR : Marina Kavalirek
PARTNER : David Sakumoto
SITE : Rome
Rome is experienced through layers. Its rich history is expressed in continuous reuse of the existing and never in an isolated state, until the beginning of the 20th Century. The given site in between the Theater of Marcellus and Capitoline Hill is a clear example of Fascist intervention leaving a scar in the city. The unorganized flow of cars are so massive that one's life is at stake when crossing from one side to another, and the great theater is separated from people, deprived of activity.
Located in the Southwest flank of Capitoline Hill, the Cultural Campus of Rome remedies the separation between the hill and the urban fabric. The site situation is analogous to the current situation in Rome, where the locals and the visitors have a completely separate movements and activities in the city. What brought the visitors to Rome, and what makes the locals to continuously enjoy La Dolce Vita in Rome is its rich history. CCoR incorporates both academical, institutional, and cultural venues to bring the visitors and the locals together, transforming the programmatic emptiness present in the site, into a new center of activity.
CCoR provides an exhibition space, both indoors and outdoors, as well as an open market space, where there is a constant flux of activities, next to spacious seating area that leads into a library. It is also a university, providing housing and classrooms for students. The dialogue between the two performance spaces embraces the theater as part of the campus.