The Nolli map created a flawed reality of Rome. It was reductive in nature, abstracting the city into a planar, one-dimensional projection. Its these very qualities that did not allow one to enter the map or project upon it. The Roma Interrotta entries were an example of what the effects of such forms of cartography were. Whilst some entries such as Colin Rowe’s attempted to work with the city, others rejected it and used it as a testing ground for their own thesis and personal experiments of the time. The entries further fragmented the map, creating 12 individual cities and microcosms of identity within the city.
The project will attempt to enter the map of Rome, interrupting the period of stagnation by creating perspectival and non-planar entries through the city. Addressing the city as a unified whole, instead of fragmented parts, the project slowly and gradually consumes the city and reincarnates it through multiple and endless visions of itself. Through this process of crafting unique three dimensional spaces within the map, the project will encourage the viewer to be immersed within the city and project within its new spaces. In this way we can begin to inhabit the city, and enter the map.
Today I visited the Geffrey Museum, which traces the evolution of domestic spaces in Britain from the 15th C till present day. Probably the most interesting space was the ‘Drawing Room’ what we now call a hall, living room etc (funnily though, in India, we still use the term Drawing room). A drawing room is a room in a house where visitors may be entertained. The name was derived from the sixteenth-century terms withdrawing room and withdrawing chamber, which remained in use through the seventeenth century, and made its first written appearance in 1642 . In a large sixteenth- to early eighteenth-century English house, a withdrawing room was a room to which the owner of the house, his wife, or a distinguished guest who was occupying one of the main apartments in the house could “withdraw” for more privacy. It was often off the great chamber (or the great chamber’s descendant, the salon) and usually led to a formal, or “state” bedroom.
Iv been interested in the space of the Living Room or DRAWING ROOM (a room you draw out in your mind? project?) in the house. It exists as the largest, un-programmed and centralised space within the interior. Its a transitional, connective space, as well as one that is inhabited, temporarily or even permanently. It can be private or public, arranged in anyway and occupied at any time.
Just brain storming.. How this realtes to the Nolli map, I dont know..YET hah! No seriously, i have no idea.