Rome: Urban Formation and Transformation


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SpecificationsSKU: 90636Size: 11 x 11″ Square Pages: 180pp Binding: Hard Bound Publication Date: Spring 2017 ISBN: 978-1-939621-70-2 Rights World: Available
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In this book, Formation is ideal and utopian thinking, and Transformation is the adaptation of the ideal to the real or existing conditions. The book examines the dialectical relationship of these in the creation of the city. The subject is a contextual theory of urban design, utilizing Italian Renaissance and Baroque architecture and urban development of Rome, as a case study. It demonstrates the complexity of Roman urbanism and the inter-relationship and role of Roman architecture to its urban context. The theory of urban ’Contextualism’ has not been adequately discussed and presented in regards to this historical city. Why it is important as a theory and as a method for designing Roman cities today? And therefore, it needs to be discussed. The book is an exploration and demonstration of urban analysis and visual diagramming, it is an urban and architectural analysis of significant Ancient, Renaissance and Baroque historical developments in the great city of Rome. There has rarely been a discussion and visual presentation of the relationship of Roman architecture to its urban context.

Jon Michael Schwarting, is an architect and professor of architecture and urbanism, and is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in architecture and urban design. He had a Rome Prize and is a Fellow and Trustee Emeritus of the American Academy in Rome.


His achievements include:

Museum of Modern Art Scholarship – for work at The Institute for Architecture and Urban Design – 1967

Rome Prize – American Academy in Rome – 1968-70

National Endowment on the Arts – 1975 and 1987

Graham Foundation – Publishing Grant 1982

New York State Council on the Arts Grant – 1988 and 1989

Kaplan Fund – Furthermore Grant for publishing – 1996

Chicago Institute for Architecture and Urbanism Award – for writing 1998

The Architect’s Newspaper Reviews Rome: Urban Formation and Transformation, May 2018

Rome Reviewed by Architectural Record



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