Architecture and Archaeology in Via dei Villini

2017, 244 pp., 80 ill. col., 80 ill. b/n
ISBN: 9788891314796
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    From the Foreword by Francesco Prosperetti, Superintendent. Superintendence for the Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of the City of Rome.

    As the head architect of the Superintendence of Archaeology, it is deeply satisfying to see such harmony
    between archaeological remains and restoration work in a historical building.
    Here, the two professions have found a space within which to enter into dialogue and achieve excellent

    I must therefore praise my technicians who used their skill and perseverance to preserve and protect
    our archaeological heritage and thank the Italiana Costruzioni team for having the patience and
    professionalism needed to develop such an important and excellent project.
    The results we have achieved more than compensate for all the archaeological heritage that was
    left buried beneath new construction work last century and will give employees and visitors to the
    building an idea of just how incredible Rome's archaeological heritage is, how it permeates every
    area of the city and just how similar it is to our daily lives.
    The selection of the items on display in the cabinets is also designed to show visitors aspects of
    antiquity that they can most relate to, as well as showcasing singular elements such as the collection
    of hairpins that shows each phase of their manufacture.
    The opus sectile flooring is of particular beauty: it survived both fire and the destruction of the centuries
    to be carefully restored and displayed beneath a transparent floor. The same can be said of
    the mosaic room where the contrast with the modern structures that destroyed a beautiful section of
    the ancient suburban villa a few decades ago is quite striking.
    All that remains is for me to hope that the results of these attempts to protect and promote can be
    an example and a stimulus for all projects that have to balance our rich past with the need for the
    growth, development and renewal of our city on a daily basis.

    From the Introduction

    Why build new headquarters? Why the Villino?
    Because it is home, and that is what we always do!
    Respecting a place and its original identity, which must never be distorted or replaced with another,
    but must merge with the new; this must not frighten us, we must not think that a historical site should
    remain immaculate, immobile, like a knick-knack displayed in a glass cabinet. It must be lived in,
    inhabited, used, but also admired, because living and working within beauty is good for us, it inspires
    us. The Villino with its Historical location encourages us to not lose contact with our past. This might
    signify avoiding new perspectives and challenges, remaining immobile against our own nature and
    against time, which both actually encourage us towards dynamism.
    A place is not just a container, a grey box where objects and people can simply be deposited.
    Within this sad perspective a place loses its meaning and becomes a "no place", where depth and
    perspective are flattened and not even the human spirit can survive.

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    Foreword (Francesco Prosperetti)
    Introduction (Attilio Maria Navarra and Luca Navarra)
    The value of restoration: historical preservation and cultural continuity (Francesco Moschini)
    Towards a "Sustainable Restoration Value" Charter (Francesco Maggiore)
    Urban Archaeology (Marina Clementini)

    The Villino (Giangiacomo Martines)
    History and project: the roots of modernity (Francesco Moschini)
    The contemporary as a palimpsest. Reflections on the conversion of a twentieth-century building (Lorenzo Pietropaolo)
    Program (Luca Aureggi, Maurizio Condoluci)
    Digging up history
    The measurement of time
    Demolition for understanding
    Rights to the structural project (Cesidio Serafini)
    Rights to the business project (Francesco Norcia)
    Unexpected space
    The expansion of space
    Sculpted in light
    Permeable opacity
    Transparent familiarity
    Placement of the materials

    Renovation, archaeology, restoration and structural consolidation (Francesco Norcia, Alessandra Scardaoni, Enrico Venanzi)
    Creation of the new Villa

    Introduction (Paola Filippini, Marina Clementini)
    The suburban villa on Via dei Villini (Fabio Turchetta)
    The phases of construction
    The tombs (Romina Mosticone, Flavia Porreca, Paola Catalano)
    Restoration and musealization (Alberto Mazzoleni)
    Area with a mosaic and small basin
    Area with opus sectile floor
    Catalog of the materials
    Board games and games of chance (Marina Clementini)
    The game of twelve markings (Duodecim Scripta) and the game of soldiers (Ludus Latrunculorum)
    Fictile money-box (Barbara Porcari)
    Hair Pins (Barbara Porcari)
    Women's Hairstyles
    Women's Jewelry and Toiletries (Barbara Ciarrocchi)
    Oil lamps (Barbara Ciarrocchi)
    The Roman Table (Barbara Ciarrocchi)
    Glass objects (Barbara Ciarrocchi)
    Glazed ceramics (Barbara Ciarrocchi)
    Technical specifications

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