Capital City

12.2015 - 01.2016

An examination of modern governmental cities and buildings appropriately enough starts – both methodologically and etymologically – in Rome at the Capitoline Hill.


The Capitoline Hill: Basilica di Santa Maria in Ara Coeli, left, and the city hall flanked by the Capitoline Museums, right.

The Capitoline has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, and the layers of history are inescapable. In the 1930’s investigation was being made into the history and foundations below the existing Renaissance buildings at the Piazza Campidoglio. At the same time a new zone of the city – the campidoglio of a new Romanita – was being proposed to the south, as a connection from Rome to the sea. We will see how the peripheral city E42 (also known as Esposizione Universale Roma or EUR) was both shaped by and other than this ancient area of Rome.


Piazza Campidoglio | Temple of Jupiter foundations within Capitoline museum