Seminar Learning from RomeCopyright: Luca Battaglia: Archivio Parco Regionale Appia Antica
The aim of the course is to understand the different aspects of urban agriculture in Rome and to develop strategies and projects for a social farm on site. The course will focus on the multiple roles of urban agriculture in the sub-urban context of Rome.
In recent years, the Italian capital has gained attention as it represents, among all the European metropolises, the one with the largest cultivated areas inside its administrative boundaries. Urban agriculture in Rome is not only providing fresh food to the metropolitan citizen but it is also a crucial aspect in cultural landscapes and natural environment protection policies. Moreover, it has proved to be a useful tool to promote social cohesion in problematic context (such as the “borgate romane”).
During the first part of the semester the students will get important inputs about the city of Rome, its peculiar urban development and the recent problems related to an uncontrolled urban sprawl. In preparation to the excursion and the workshop in Rome, students organized in research themes will also have to carry out their own investigations and present them to each other.
Core of the course will be an International Design Workshop, which is going to take place in Rome in September 2019. The Workshop will be a cooperation between the Institute of Landscape Architecture of RWTH Aachen University (Prof. Frank Lohrberg), the DIAP (Dipartimento di Architettura e Progettazione) of La Sapienza University of Rome (Prof. Lucina Caravaggi) and the Master program in Landscape Architecture of the University of Florenz (Prof. Anna Lambertini). Students of the three institution (about 34 totally) will take part in it, so to encourage not only the international but also the interdisciplinary exchange (Architecture, City planning and Landscape Architecture).
The students will be guided through fieldwork analysis in the fragmented but fascinating “campagna romana” and will get in contact with local actors. Finally, the expected outcome of the workshop will be a strategic concept and design proposals for the implementation of a social farm (Fattoria sociale).
- Kick Off meeting on the 15th of April
- Presentation of students researches on the 17th of June
- Workshop preparatory meeting on the 26th of August
- Stay in Rome from the 7th until the 14th of September
The costs for flight and meals as well as accommodation are to be borne by the students.