In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: 73-74, 2021
About the project
I have known Giovanni Carbonara since 1997. He supervised the restoration works in the Trajan’s Markets in Rome, which I designed. We talked about restoration and how to add new elements to the archaeological complex, such as the catwalks which make accessible to the public a large part of the site.
Later, we became colleagues at the Faculty of Architecture at Sapienza University of Rome. Since then, our professional relationship has grown and strengthen, work-after-work. I have come to know Giovanni the designer – with whom I still discuss symbolic, cultural, and material aspects of the projects – but also Carbonara the Professor, an expert in restoration, architecture, and history. The works I briefly present here, done with Giovanni Carbonara, refer to two opposite aspects: design concept and building construction. Everything is connected to the place: the project starts from the place and looks for a sensible transformation of it.