SERIES: One square, so many stories series - Under the aegis of Edith Gabrielli, director of VIVE
SPEAKER: Claudia Conforti
DATE: Thursday 21 September, 6pm
PLACE: Palazzo Venezia, Sala del Refettorio
It is not space that endows a place with an identity by translating it into a piazza. It is the character of the buildings that form its perimeter that defines the architectural appearance and above all the urban function of a square. Piazza Venezia, hemmed in between the northern slopes of the Campidoglio and the entrance set off axis to Via del Corso, from the open space in front of the palazzo of the Cardinal of the Serenissima, becomes a superb theatre of the Italian Risorgimento epic. It polarises the urban dynamics together with the powerful civic imagery of Rome elevated to the Capital of Italy. This metamorphosis takes place through the refiguration of the perimeter of the spatial void, expanded and dramatised in the ways and times that are the subject of the lecture.