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CLASSICAL CITY – Systematic Frames

This research at the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam aims to understand the first architectural system par excellence: Classicism. By constructing and deconstructing Classical Rome and its buildings, modeling and drawing them with our contemporary tools we can learn as much as we learn from our contemporary environment. Architecture is a timeless endeavor and its historical recollection a contemporary projective tool.

Ten studied topics are coupled according to their architectural, technological, urban, political and social agendas: the typological evolution of the Roman classical system, the technological triumph of the arch and the classical orders, the Roman thermae and the rational planning of the city, the public hall and the political project of Rome, the Colosseum and the social representation of the Roman Empire.

TYPE – Research
YEAR – 2010
PROGRAM – The Classical city
LOCATION – Rotterdam, the Netherlands
CLIENT – Academy of Architecture
STATUS – Completed
COLLABORATORS – RAVB
Roman Classical System – Femke Feenstra
Roman Timeline – Ron van Logchem
Arch of Titus – Frederik Poll, Harm Janssen
Classical Orders & Technology – Harm Janssen
Baths of Diocletian – Femke Feenstra, Ron van Logchem
Timgad- Frederik Poll
Basilica – Jens Jorritsma
Rome – Jens Jorritsma
Colosseum – Frank van Leersum
Roman Empire – Frank van Leersum