Past Program

Italy: Tiber Floods

The monumental center of Rome has tolerated and managed seasonal flooding from the Tiber River watershed for millennia. Surprisingly, it is only recently in the late 19th century where canalizing the Tiber was deemed an expedient
solution for protecting the newly appointed capital of a unified Italy.

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • Rome, Italy
  • Venice, Italy
  • Verona, Italy
When
Winter 2011

Course Dates: Jan 3, 2011 — Feb 9, 2011

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Faculty
Academic Credits
3
Department
  • Architecture
Course Numbers
  • ARCH W202 03
Cost
$2800

Includes accommodation, field trips, local transportation, all meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

Full Course Description

The monumental center of Rome has tolerated and managed seasonal flooding from the Tiber River watershed for millennia. Surprisingly, it is only recently in the late 19th century where canalizing the Tiber was deemed an expedient solution for protecting the newly appointed capital of a unified Italy. The shielding embankments inadvertently dismantled the riverfront from its historic core and rendered ancient water management systems, scenographic quays and river navigability virtually inert. Tiber Floods will investigate and reconsider existing preventative measures based on inundations of the past several years with data from the historical record, and confront the challenges and possibilities it poses for urban development and historic preservation within the context of the ancient city. To begin, the studio will compare and contrast the riverine flooding of the Tiber and Adige Rivers to the endemic and emblematic coastal flooding of the aqua alta in Venice. The course will encompass a thorough survey of Rome and its territory and in our travels we will visit the seminal works of Carlo Scarpa in Venice and Verona. Three weeks of travel and research abroad will culminate in a site-specific architectural design project to be completed in Providence.

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