TECHNE 19 (2020): The public space
Research & Experimentation

Mass and lightness: urban quality along the Aurelian Walls in Rome. Walking through walls: Walking through Walls

Maria Federica Ottone
Scuola di Architettura e Design “E. Vittoria”, Università degli Studi di Camerino, Italia
Roberta Cocci Grifoni
Scuola di Architettura e Design “E. Vittoria”, Università degli Studi di Camerino, Italia
Graziano Marchesani
Scuola di Architettura e Design “E. Vittoria”, Università degli Studi di Camerino, Italia
Published January 13, 2020
Keywords
  • Climate change,
  • Outdoor comfort,
  • Urban heat island,
  • Urban regeneration
How to Cite
Ottone, M. F., Cocci Grifoni, R., & Marchesani, G. E. (2020). Mass and lightness: urban quality along the Aurelian Walls in Rome. Walking through walls. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (19), 280-289. https://doi.org/10.13128/techne-7821

Abstract

This study focuses on the system of the Aurelian Walls with reference to Rome’s regulatory plan, which indicates its role as green infrastructure in service of the areas adjacent to the historical centre of Rome. A proposal is made to reinforce the system with an environmental focus as an opportunity to regenerate open spaces for interaction, using the mass of the walls as an environmental device as well as a memory and symbol of historical Rome. The objective is to reuse the wall as an urban contour line to generate humidity and thermal comfort by virtue of the insertion of green elements and functional devices in areas of the city pervaded by stone, cement, and asphalt.

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