Classical City

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 connotations: 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.