Rome, 2000



Rome, Italy


Municipality of Rome


Preliminary Design



Design Team

Sergio Bianchi, Elisabetta Straffi, Caterina Finocchi, Maria Gaia Mingoli, Valeria Menculini, Roberto Ruggeri, Giuseppe Contartese, Simone Fracasso, Ivano Ferraro, Marco Lorio, Giovanni Favina, Tommaso Fersini, Enrico Bianchi

The proposed intervention is based on two strong functional needs.
The first is the reconnection of the building fabric cut on the avenue of Tor Bella Monaca, which cuts the built-up areas on the inside and on the outside of the same street.
The second concerns the strengthening of the structures of the District VIII’s building, whose endowment appears inadequate today.

The answer to these two strong requirements is provided through the adoption of two design tools:
The first is identified is

PEDONALITY understood as a condition of connection between different parts of the settlement.

We want to implement what was strongly present in the original plan of the area, expanding the pedestrian area connecting the urban fabric. The overcoming of the barrier represented by the avenue of Tor Bella Monaca occurs through the reactivation of the underground walkway, currently existing but not working and above all, through a new overpass that, understood as a multifunctional container, that overcomes the concept and the limits of the simple pedestrian walkway, becoming also an occasion for a raised connection between different buildings.

The second is MULTIFUNCTIONALITY as an instrument for the activation of virtuous processes aimed at ensuring the livability, the flexibility and the economic and social viability of the settlement,

as well as its own feasibility. Making closer, connecting and coexisting in a single body public and private spaces, commercial, residential, tertiary and recreational spaces, allows first of all to guarantee the vitality of the organism not limited only to certain time slots. Moreover, the presence of potentially profitable activities, such as trade and residences, can act as a driving force and justify the investment, making the intervention as a whole suitable for a Project Financing operation.