Foto: Roma ieri oggi / Rephotography (11/2022) & Commenti in inglese dell’Arch. Marco Chitti / Twitter (18/10/2020).

ROMA ARCHEOLOGICA & RESTAURO ARCHITETTURA 2022. ROMA – “Sistemazione ferroviaria della città di Roma (1888)”; in: Roma ieri oggi / Rephotography (11/2022) & Commenti in inglese dell’Arch. Marco Chitti / Twitter (18/10/2020).

RARA 2022. ROMA - "Sistemazione ferroviaria della città di Roma (1888)"; in: Roma ieri oggi / Rephotography (11/2022) & Commenti in inglese dell'Arch. Marco Chitti / Twt (18/10/2020).
Foto: Roma ieri oggi / Rephotography (11/2022) & Commenti in inglese dell’Arch. Marco Chitti / Twitter (18/10/2020).

1). ROMA – “Sistemazione ferroviaria della città di Roma (1888); in: Roma ieri oggi / Rephotography (11/2022) & Commenti in inglese dell’Arch. Marco Chitti / Twitter (18/10/2020).

Sistemazione ferroviaria della città di Roma – collegamento delle varie stazioni con più breve percorso ferroviario – Linea di circonvallazione pel servizio dei quartieri industriali, Progetto Mazzanti – Frontini.

Le immagini sono navigabili sia con il mouse che usando i comandi in alto a sinistra, mettendole a tutto schermo con il quarto pulsante da sinistra l’esperienza sarà ancora più soddisfacente. Per uscire dallo schermo intero premere nuovamente lo stesso tasto o il tasto esc sulla tastiera. Se siete su smartphone e volete navigare in orizzontale, prima dovete ruotate il cellulare e poi entrare in modalità tutto schermo. Nel caso di immagini multiple utilizzate le frecce sinistra/destra per scorrere le immagini.

RARA 2022. ROMA - "Sistemazione ferroviaria della città di Roma (1888)"; in: Roma ieri oggi / Rephotography (11/2022) & Commenti in inglese dell'Arch. Marco Chitti / Twt (18/10/2020).
Foto: Roma ieri oggi / Rephotography (11/2022) & Commenti in inglese dell’Arch. Marco Chitti / Twitter (18/10/2020).

Fonte / source, foto:
— Roma ieri oggi / Rephotography (11/2022).
https://romaierioggi.it/sistemazione-ferroviaria-della-citta-di-roma-1888/

RARA 2022. ROMA - "Sistemazione ferroviaria della città di Roma (1888)"; in: Roma ieri oggi / Rephotography (11/2022) & Commenti in inglese dell'Arch. Marco Chitti / Twt (18/10/2020).
Foto: Roma ieri oggi / Rephotography (11/2022) & Commenti in inglese dell’Arch. Marco Chitti / Twitter (18/10/2020).

2). ROMA – “Sistemazione ferroviaria della città di Roma (1888)”; in: Commenti in inglese dell’Arch. Marco Chitti / Twitter (18/10/2020).

I’m re-reading one of the great classic of planning literature in Italy, Italo Insolera’s “Modern Rome”, an urbanistic history of Rome since Napoleon I.
After doing further research I happened upon the never realized railway plan of 1888, a quite bold rail reorganization…

Designed by Mazzanti Frontini, it is one of the several grandiose plans to modernize a city that became the capital almost by chance and never quite assumed its role seriously, at least planning-wise. There is no government quarter, no magnificent building for the Parliament…

RARA 2022. ROMA - "Sistemazione ferroviaria della città di Roma (1888)"; in: Roma ieri oggi / Rephotography (11/2022) & Commenti in inglese dell'Arch. Marco Chitti / Twt (18/10/2020).
Foto: Roma ieri oggi / Rephotography (11/2022) & Commenti in inglese dell’Arch. Marco Chitti / Twitter (18/10/2020)

Since the modern city was already growing toward the Termini station since even before annexation ti Italy in 1870, this plan encourages this growth and propose to demolish Termini station and build a new grandiose building for the Parliament in its place…

A new through-running station was to be built in the South, right out the Aurelian walls, near the church of San Giovanni in Laterano, with a large square and several new tramway lines connecting it to the city. An industrial area was to be developed south of it…

RARA 2022. ROMA - "Sistemazione ferroviaria della città di Roma (1888)"; in: Roma ieri oggi / Rephotography (11/2022) & Commenti in inglese dell'Arch. Marco Chitti / Twt (18/10/2020).
Foto: Roma ieri oggi / Rephotography (11/2022) & Commenti in inglese dell’Arch. Marco Chitti / Twitter (18/10/2020)

But the most interesting part is a new city center underground terminus for suburban lines to Tivoli and the Castelli, reached by a long tunnel, to be built partially underground and using the 1st century AD Trajan’s market as façade. A bold proposal, indeed…

The concept is similar to many city center termini dating from the same era: Montesanto in Naples, Sao Bento in Porto, Rossio in Lisbon, all built as city center stations at the end of long tunnels taking advantage of topography to enter deep into a compact urban fabric…

The proposal included also a rail ring around the city, an idea that was partially implemented and still stick around in Rome as a magic solution in every planning document since then…

I also discovered that an early version of the 1931 plan proposed again to replace Termini station with a new government center, a cross-city rail tunnel and two new u/g [underground] stations a bit south of Termini and at the Foro Italico, the sport complex Mussolini wanted to build…

10/ It’s always fascinating to go through unrealized plans. One can wonder how different a city could have been if different strategic choices, like reorganizing large infrastructures, were taken. You realize how much the history of urban planning is also driven by chance.

Fonte / source, foto:
— Arch. Marco Chitti / Twitter (18/10/2020) & Roma ieri oggi / Rephotography (11/2022)

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