Something a little different, I need some feedback from all of you and you friends, family, etc!
I am in a Cultural Heritage Management class and our final project is to come up with a plan to regenerate an area of Rome. These final plans will then be presented in front of ICCROM at their headquarters and have a potential for being picked up as a real project. For those of you who do not know who ICCROM is, they are an organization which works to conserve cultural heritage, they are one of the more successful organization working with UNESCO. You can check out more of what they do here: http://www.iccrom.org/
All of us already have a plan in mind, however it would be great to hear from people planning on visiting, who might have experienced or will experience the city differently from us. The point it to bring in more tourism to this area, so an idea of outsiders interests would be wonderful!
Here are the areas and idea’s for plans(apologies for lack of quality photos this area was difficult.):
1. An Airplane Hanger from the 1930’s. It was a personal gift from Hitler to Mussolini and held many of the small planes of WWII. It is empty and abandoned now, on one side is a car park for Roman police vehicles. Ideas that have been proposed for this area are mainly exhibition spaces, another museum similar to Montemartini, or maybe a gathering spot/restaurant with planes of the era to set a theme.
Inside of the Hanger
Looking in through the fence this is the present state of the hanger.
The outside entrance from the side of the Police car lot
2. Pontifical Arsenal of the Baroque Period. This is set along the river, but with trees and overgrown areas blocking the view. It is an open space but has potential to be enclosed. It has two gates for Entry. This used to hold boats, when they were being repaired on Rome’s river Port. Post WWII it was the area where one could find stolen bicycles, made famous in the film Ladri di Bicicletta. This street is used as a market on Sunday, however the building is closed off. I plan to present this with a long-term and short-term plan. Short term: put up walls, and turn it into a large warehouse coffeehouse, with Italian style bar, and music playing every few nights. Use this to raise money for the long-term plan. The long-term plan would be to cut the surrounding trees to open the view, add a second floor, have the ground floor as a bar and restaurant with the upstairs an exhibition space.
Front of he building from across the road.
We were not allowed in but it is possible to see the slightly buttressed style inside.
The back of the building as seen from the back yard of the store next door.
Through the gate it is possible to see a little more of the front end.
3. Roman Emporium, unfortunately I do not have pictures of this as it is under scaffolding. It it is a few ruined arches alongside the river, it can only be used in Summer as it is along the river and the river often floods. It needs constant cleaning, has a few ceilings and is very important to the Roman history of this area. We are lost on plans for this except the possibility to integrate it into a summer bar as it is beside two night life areas.
4. The GIL, a youth fascist building. Presently this is a great example of architecture of the Fascist period, done by Luigi Moretti, a famous architect of the time. Walls have been added inside to separate the part of the building owned by Commune di Roma and Regione Lazio. Roma’s side is a gym and pool, complete with soccer fields outside. Lazios side is an exhibition space for presently photography, then there are many open rooms available for use, including a movie theater. The plans presented for this were to open the surrounding area to better accentuate the architecture, then possibly an outdoor bar, and make it a community building, connecting the two sides.
The front of the building, this is the half that belongs to Regione Lazio
Inside the exhibition space
Left over decoration from Mussolini
So please tell us if you would be interested in any of these ideas! And if you have other ideas that would more likely bring you to this area please share them! We are trying to come up with a reachable plan that will bring tourists to the great historic area of Rome.