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grew up in Buenos Aires, live in Boston. I'm an architect and teach at RISD
grew up in Buenos Aires, live in Boston. I'm an architect and teach at RISD

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Roma: The Seven Hills
Vienna, June 24, 2015 In order to remember the names of Rome’s seven hills,
Victorian school children used to memorize a rather silly phrase--Can Queen Victoria
eat cold apple pie?--where the first letter of each word stood for the name of each
of the hills...
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Roma: New Antiquities
Rome, March 9, 2015 Walking through Rome you continuously encounter antiquities
amidst the contemporary fabric of the city. Some are rather small, like the two
fragments of Agrippa’s Baths projecting out of the street façade along the Via
dell’Arco della Ci...
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The Tugendhat City
Rome, January 11, 2015 Without any doubt, Mies van der
Rohe’s Villa Tugendhat in Brno is one of the canonical masterpieces of Modern
Architecture. A casual view from the street, however, surprises the visitor
with a rather unassuming, almost underwhelming o...
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Urbanism in Purgatory (Piazza Rucellai in Florence)
Rome, November 26, 2014 Some open spaces in the city are voids left by the surrounding structures. Others are figural spaces defined by the buildings. But there are some urban spaces that seem
to fall outside of these alternatives. That seems to be the case...
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Roma: The Orientation of Maps
Rome, September 20, 2014 Giambattista Nolli oriented his celebrated 1748 map of Rome
with north up, a modern, carefully chosen cartographic convention, one that we still use today. It has
the Tiber running more or less vertically towards the left side of th...
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Apennine Urbanism (2)
Rome, August 29, 2014 Walking the narrow streets of
Castelvecchio Calvisio--the small town on the Apennine Mountains of
Abruzzo--one is immediately struck by the proliferation of stone stairs
rhythmically projecting out from the façade of the buildings. The...
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Apennine Urbanism (1)
Rome, August 27, 2014 The urban structure of settlements on mountains and hills
typically follow the “lay of the land”. Take for example the towns in the
Baronia de Carapelle on the Abruzzo region of Italy. Built
on the slopes of the Apennines, the architec...
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Roma: the Severan Marble Plan (203-211 CE)
Rome, August 25, 2014 When the Giambattista Nolli completed his monumental “Pianta
Grande di Roma” (better known as the “Nolli Map”) in 1748, he was adding his
name to a long list of extraordinary mapmakers of Rome that, throughout the
long history of the c...
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Roma: Via dell’Arco della Ciambella
Rome, August 24, 2014 Via dell’Arco della Ciambella is a one-block street buried
in the middle of Rome’s Historic Center, roughly midway between the Piazza
della Rotonda and the Largo di Torre Argentina. It is rather unremarkable,
except for two massive bri...
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