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Inside Rome's Pizzarium - YouTube
"Pizzarium is tiny and unassuming, and located far from the city center, in Rome’s Quartiere Trionfale. It is also home to some of the city’s—and the world’s—finest pizza."
pizza  cooking  food  glvo  pizzarium  quartieretriofale  2015  rome  roma  italy  italia 
march 2015 by robertogreco
The school as a metaphor for the world - Architecture - Domus
"In Romanina, a recent school by Dutch architect Herman Hertzberger and Marco Scarpinato – AutonomeForme is permeated by flexible spaces, allowing users the freedom to decide how every part of the building is used."

"Giving the users the freedom to decide how every part of the building is used has been — and still is — one of the fundamental values of the Dutch architect's work. Contrary to functional determinism, this process enables users to take over spaces, altering their role from "users" to "inhabitants""

Metaphor rather than the real thing. :(
roleplaying  flexiblespace  flexibility  massimofaiferri  marcoscarpinato  hermanhertzberger  2012  romanina  italy  rome  roma  design  schholdesign  schools  architecture  from delicious
november 2012 by robertogreco
Scope, not scale - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
"Indeed, economies of scale work well in periods of energy "ascent", when the supply of energy increases, but work less well in periods of energy "descent". In these circumstances, economies of scope are needed. These types of economies are exactly what peer production (which encompasses open knowledge, free culture, free software, open and shared designs, open hardware and distributed manufacturing) is all about…

So what are the economies of scope of this new age? They come in two flavours: the mutualising of knowledge and the mutualising of tangible resources…

What will the new system look like if economies of scope become the norm, replacing economies of scale as the primary driver of the economy?

Global open design communities could be accompanied by a global network of micro-factories producing locally, such as the ones that open-source car companies like Local Motors and Wikispeed are proposing."
capitalism  ip  acta  pipa  sopa  medieval  guilds  democracy  carsharing  microfactories  resources  distributedmanufacturing  openhardware  peerproduction  shareddesigns  opendesigns  openknowledge  freesoftware  freeculture  opensource  wikipedia  cuba  michelbauwens  policy  production  2012  local  peakoil  scope  scale  rome  ancientrome  history  from delicious
may 2012 by robertogreco
"Built on the idea that every past is a place, HyperCities is a digital research and educational platform for exploring, learning about, & interacting with the layered histories of city and global spaces. Developed though collaboration between UCLA & USC, the fundamental idea behind HyperCities is that all stories take place somewhere and sometime; they become meaningful when they interact and intersect with other stories. Using Google Maps & Google Earth, HyperCities essentially allows users to go back in time to create and explore the historical layers of city spaces in an interactive, hypermedia environment.

A HyperCity is a real city overlaid with a rich array of geo-temporal information, ranging from urban cartographies and media representations to family genealogies and the stories of the people and diverse communities who live and lived there. We are currently developing content for: Los Angeles, NYC, Chicago, Rome, Lima, Ollantaytambo, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Tehran, Saigon, Toyko…"
seoul  shanghai  tokyo  saigon  telaviv  berlin  ollantaytambo  lima  rome  chicago  nyc  losangeles  storytelling  googleearth  googlemaps  usc  ucla  atemporality  timetravel  hypercities  visualization  research  history  geography  maps  mapping  cities  urban  from delicious
april 2012 by robertogreco
raumlabor berlin » officina roma
The OFFICINA ROMA is a villa entirely build out of trash…consist of a sleeping room, a kitchen & a work shop. The plan lacks a living room, a comfort zone, instead there is an empty work shop in the center…is an experimental building practice, build within an one week long workshop with 24 high school students from all over Italy.

The building is composed as a collage: A kitchen entirely build out of old bottles, the sleeping room with walls from used car doors, the workshop using wooden windows & old furniture and the main roof set from old oil barrels & used dry wall profiles.

…radiates an atmosphere of urgency; a turning point…talks about the essential necessity to question our lifestyle, based on individuality, completion (competition), growth & exploitation of natural resourses. Although situated in the very dynamic & exclusive garden of the MAXXI, the design speaks of deadlocks, interdependencies & the need for more fundamental and tougher negotiations over privileges…"
alternativeliving  privilege  glvo  lcproject  openstudios  openstudioproject  education  unschooling  deschooling  sustainability  recycling  roma  rome  italia  italy  popupstudio  popupschools  pop-updesignstudio  pop-ups  design  officinaroma  raumlabor  2012  architecture  from delicious
april 2012 by robertogreco
A Big Little Idea Called Legibility
"The Authoritarian High-Modernist Recipe for Failure…

• Look at a complex and confusing reality, such as the social dynamics of an old city
• Fail to understand all the subtleties of how the complex reality works
• Attribute that failure to the irrationality of what you are looking at, rather than your own limitations
• Come up with an idealized blank-slate vision of what that reality ought to look like
• Argue that the relative simplicity and platonic orderliness of the vision represents rationality
• Use authoritarian power to impose that vision, by demolishing the old reality if necessary
• Watch your rational Utopia fail horribly

Central to Scott’s thesis is the idea of legibility. He explains how he stumbled across the idea while researching efforts by nation states to settle or “sedentarize” nomads, pastoralists, gypsies and other peoples living non-mainstream lives…"
politics  history  philosophy  problemsolving  imperialism  colonialism  jamescscott  design  architecture  urbanplanning  urbanism  nomads  nomadism  gypsies  pastoralists  mainstream  radicals  radicalism  2011  venkateshrao  legibility  illegiblepeople  illegibles  stevenjohnson  patternmaking  patterns  patternrecognition  complexity  unschooling  deschooling  utopianthinking  india  high-modenism  lecorbusier  forests  brasilia  bauhaus  control  decolonization  power  nicholasdirks  rome  edwardgibbon  civilization  authoritarianism  authoritarianhigh-modernism  elephantpaths  desirelines  anarchism  organizations  illegibility  highmodernism  utopia  governance  simplification  measurement  quantification  brasília  from delicious
august 2011 by robertogreco
Pasta&Vinegar » An interview with Saskia Sassen about "Smart cities"
"Urbanity is a mutant. And this means it is made and remade along many different concepts/ideas/imaginations across the world. It can happen in sites where we, we of our westernized culture, might not see it… urbanity is made; it is not only beautifully designed urban settings.

In sharp contrast, I think that the model of “intelligent cities” as propounded by technologists, with the telepresence efforts of Cisco Systems a key ingredient, misses this opportunity to urbanize the technologies they mobilize. Secondly, the intelligent city concept if too rigid, becomes a futile effort to eliminate the incompleteness of the city, to get full closure/control. This is a recipe for built-in obsoleteness. Imagine if Rome could not have mutated across the millennia: it would be a dead city now. Third, the planners of intelligent cities, notably Songdo in South Korea actually make these technologies invisible, and hence put them in command rather than in dialogue with users."
nicolasnova  saskiasassen  cities  networkedurbanism  urbancomputing  opensource  unfinished  evolution  rome  songdocity  cisco  china  control  flexibility  design  urbanism  urban  2011  telepresence  organic  urbanity  responsive  from delicious
july 2011 by robertogreco
Comparing 16th Century Maps to Current Satellite Imagery - Leah Goldman - Technology - The Atlantic
"Remember life before GPS? Instead of to-the-minute maps and turn-by-turn directions to the tune of an Australian woman's voice, we relied on compasses and hand drawn maps.

Georg Braun and Franz Hogenberg compiled Civitates Orbis Terrarum, a book of bird's eye view maps from the 16th century.

Take a look at how the Google Maps of the 1500s compares to today's version, in some of the world's biggest cities."
history  maps  geography  cities  london  cairo  istanbul  mapping  1500s  dublin  moscow  prague  paris  milan  rome  lisbon  frankfurt  florence  2011  googlemaps  satelliteview  aerialphotography  from delicious
april 2011 by robertogreco
Complexity and the fall of Rome
"fall of Rome happened because "usual method of dealing w/ social problems by increasing complexity of society [became] too costly or beyond ability of society". Basically when Rome stopped expanding its territory, fallback was relying solely on agriculture, a relatively low-margin affair.

"no longer would conquest be a significant source of revenue for the empire, for cost of further expansion yielded no benefits greater than incurred costs. Conjointly, garrisoning its extensive border w/ professional army was becoming more burdensome, & more & more Rome came to rely on mercenary troops from Iberia & Germania.

The result of these factors meant Roman Empire began to experience severe fiscal problems as it tried to maintain level of social complexity that was beyond marginal yields of agricultural surplus & had been dependent upon continuous territorial expansion & conquest."

Hopefully I don't have to draw you a picture of how this relates to large bureaucratic companies."
complexity  economics  rome  books  business  bureaucracy  simplicity  growth  history  ancientrome  innovation  size  scale  kottke  from delicious
october 2010 by robertogreco
A Walk Through the Ancient World
"When the first immersive 3D games came out, I asked a programmer if he knew of anyone who had used that technology to create a Virtual Ancient Rome or Ancient Athens. I loved the idea of walking around in a place whose current face was changed out of all recognition from its golden age. He shook his head. Creating virtual worlds was way too time consuming and required too much specialist knowledge and so was too expensive. A virtual Rome wouldn't create the profit that Doom did.

Fast forward a decade and the programming necessary becomes easier to do and the number of people who know how to do it have increased substantially. The costs involved in creating a virtual world have decreased at the same time that academic and scholarly institutions have become much more willing to invest in it.

Now that it's quite a bit easier to find a virtual ancient city to stroll through, I thought I would survey a few options and provide you with a short virtual atlas of the ancient world."
ancient  ancientrome  classics  archaeology  middleages  history  ancientgreece  3d  virtual  tcsnmy  classideas  ancientcivilization  ancienthistory  ancienchina  china  rome  athens  mexico  ancientmexico 
july 2010 by robertogreco
Todo cabe en una cajita… | Ciudad Posible
"Esta imagen...muestra las áreas construidas de Atlanta y Barcelona (1990). Ambas urbes están representadas a la misma escala, y tienen aproximadamente la misma población. Sin embargo el contraste en su manera de utilizar el suelo es increíble: resulta que podrían caber 26 Barcelonas en el área que hoy ocupa Atlanta.

Esta otra imagen muestra la superficie ocupada por la ciudad de Phoenix, Arizona (2002). Como pueden ver, dentro de ella podrían caber Roma, San Francisco, Paris, toda la isla de Manhattan… y aún así sobraría espacio.

El estilo de vida posible en cada una de estas ciudades es radicalmente distinto. En Phoenix manejas, en Paris caminas. En Atlanta puedes vivir en barrios socialmente homogéneos, mientras que en Barcelona es imposible dejar de percibir la diversidad existente. La población de los dos tipos de ciudades aquí mostradas tienen relativamente el mismo nivel de ingresos, pero vivir en una ciudad desparramada no se parece nada a vivir en una ciudad compacta."
paris  barcelona  atlanta  phoenix  sprawl  cities  urban  suburban  density  diversity  urbanism  nyc  manhattan  rome  sanfrancisco  sunbelt 
february 2010 by robertogreco
Internet Ancient History Sourcebook: Main Page
"The Ancient and Modern Sourcebooks have a different role: since there are already ample online repositories of texts for these periods, the goal here is to provide and organize texts for use in classroom situations. Links to the larger online collections are provided for those who want to explore further. The distinctive feature of the Sourcebooks' layout remains here - the avoidance of images and multiple "clicking" to find texts."
archaeology  ancienthistory  research  reference  literature  rome  mesopotamia  primarysources  ancient  mythology  greek  education  culture  history  books  resources  religion  philosophy  greece  egypt  classics  worldhistory  tcsnmy  ancientcivilization  socialstudies  classresources 
november 2009 by robertogreco
Clip From An Ailing Thesis
"best urban environments are walking cities...benefit greatly from diverse range of elements all occupying same space. NY, Rome, Barcelona: of the flaneur as we know him...must not forget that [he] is a farmer w/ different shoes. The wanderer, walker, one who experiences the environment around him with glee-- ...exists in the forest of skyscrapers & brownstones equally as well as the vistas & oaks of Small Towns...It is under this light that the link between urbanity & ruralism becomes clear. Structurally urbanism is more alienated from the suburban than from the rural environment. The rural & urban are modes of working with a limited given & applying ones means in an efficient manner. Typically this plays itself out in terms of limited urban space & unavailable rural funds. Can we develop a strategy for transitioning directly from the rural to urban? How do we ensure that our cities do not forget the frugality of their rural roots & develop accordingly as they expand?"
cities  walking  flaneur  via:preoccupations  nyc  rome  barcelona  urban  urbanism  rural  storytelling  scale  human 
april 2009 by robertogreco
Google Earth's ancient Roman holiday | Latest Digital Media News - CNET News
"Google Earth is extending its satellite perspective to paint a picture of what the ancient city of Rome looked like nearly two millennia ago.
googleearth  tcsnmy  ancientcivilization  ancienthistory  ancients  rome 
november 2008 by robertogreco
In Rome, the Mind’s Museum Invites a Hands-On Approach to Insanity -
"Overturning preconceptions about mental illness is the leitmotif of the eight-year-old Mind’s Museum (, which reopened this month after a high-tech overhaul by Studio Azzurro, a Milan-based art collective that works mostly with interactive and video environments. “The idea was to make it extremely participatory, a museum that can register and note the impressions of the visitor,” said Paolo Rosa, who founded Studio Azzurro with two other artists in 1982. “It’s not a static but a dynamic project, in continuous flux.”"
mentalillness  interactive  museums  italy  rome  mentalhealth 
october 2008 by robertogreco
MacroHistory : World History
"I describe humanity from its beginning to the 21st century - a gigantic subject that requires help from people who have done good works. I've drawn from those who have devoted their professional lives to a deeper and more narrow focus of study. The purpose is to address any query concerning a major development that could at some point have been answered by time, as in "time will tell." In other words the purpose is to illuminate historical trends, to describe the works of monarchs, tyrants and priests, the promises of prophets and politicians and the expectations of revolutionaries and military strategists. The best I can offer in my narratives is bits and pieces in a sketched order - in place of that which encyclopedias offer in fragmentation."
tcsnmy  history  ancienthistory  ancientcivilization  socialstudies  classresources  culture  greece  egypt  rome  archaeology  vikings  images  timelines  worldhistory  reference  geography  world  maps 
august 2008 by robertogreco
World History by History Link 101
"The cultures of Africa, Aztec, China, Egypt, Greece, Mayan, Mesopotamia, Rome, Olmec, Prehistory, Middle Ages and World War II are divided into categories of Art, Biographies, Daily Life, Maps, Pictures and Research and more."
tcsnmy  history  ancienthistory  ancientcivilization  socialstudies  classresources  culture  greece  egypt  rome  archaeology  images 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Images from History: An image archive to support the teaching and study of world history
"Images from World History is a collection of digitalized photographs and maps to support the teaching of history at the upper secondary school and university level.
tcsnmy  history  ancienthistory  ancientcivilization  socialstudies  classresources  culture  greece  egypt  rome  archaeology  images 
august 2008 by robertogreco
The Cars That ate London, Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Rome, Madrid, Vienna, Athens .. - TIME
"In A.D. 125, a limit was placed on the number of vehicles that could enter Rome. For as long as there have been roads, it seems, there have been crowds of swearing, sweaty drivers — and schemes to get rid of them."
cities  traffic  roads  regulation  circulation  2003  london  rome  history  cars 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Shedding light on the myth of Rome's birth - International Herald Tribune
"On Tuesday, the government released photographs of a deep cavern where some archaeologists claim that ancient Romans honored Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome."
archaeology  history  italy  rome 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Statistical physics is for the birds - Physics Today October 2007
"Three-dimensional mapping of starling flocks could shed light not only on the birds' collective behavior but also on a broad range of other aggregate systems."
birds  physics  research  behavior  collective  rome  starlings  patterns  biology 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Real Time Rome
"The project aggregated data from cell phones (obtained using Telecom Italia's innovative Lochness platform), buses and taxis in Rome to better understand urban dynamics in real time."
rome  italy  mapping  maps  mobile  phones  visualization  analysis  architecture  ambient  surveillance  technology  cartography  cities  culture  movement  society  social  urbanism  urban  travel  tracking  traffic  networks  data  flow  infographics  interaction  location  locative 
september 2007 by robertogreco
Birds - European Starlings - Rome - Richard Barnes - Jonathan Rosen - New York Times
"physicists and biologists in Italy and other European countries has in fact begun studying the birds with the aim of learning not only about the relationship of individual birds to the surrounding flock but about human behavior as well."
animals  behavior  flight  birds  starlings  rome  italy  human  photography  biology  patterns 
april 2007 by robertogreco

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