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Johanna and My are two Swedish students in Architecture and Build Environment at Lund University. In these days they are carrying out a research titled “Behind the representational front of Rome” at the archives of MAXXI Museum in Rome.

Rome – the eternal city – has been featured as the city of representation: the capital of the Roman Empire, the catholic metropolis, the headquarter of the fascist regime, the navel of culture, and so on. The need to show Rome’s importance has been expressed through architecture. In fact representation requires proper mental, symbolic and physical facades in order to impress its visitors. Neverthless, each building presents four sides.

But what does it happen beyond the monumental facades? What impact do these spaces have on the city? Does a “backside” of the city really exist? Johanna and My will try to enlighten and compare the architectural backsides of Rome through sketches and old documents.

In this picture you can see Johanna analyzing Enrico Del Debbios’ original drawings of Stadio Dei Marmi.

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