Have you climbed up to the Colosseum’s spectacular fifth tier, at the very top of the ancient amphitheatre? From this bird’s eye view it seems like you are master of all you survey as you gaze down into the Colosseum and at the magnificent panorama of Rome spreading out into the distance. But while the views are amazing, the seats up here were originally the least coveted in the house, far from the action. These days access to the upper levels is strictly limited, and not many visitors make their way up here, where the least privileged members of Roman society squinted to make out the gladiator battles below - women, and commoners. But if you are lucky enough to make the climb, chances are the only living souls you’ll have to share the view with these days are the birds swooping and diving through the spectacular sun-streaked skies.
This church is the work of brilliant Italian architect and designer Giò Ponti. Following heavy bombardments during World War II, Milan was left to look like a huge, disused quarry. But thanks in part to Ponti's futuristic vision, Milan remerged from the dust to become the design capital we know it today. This church, dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, is one of his iconic works. I particularly admire Ponti's bold decision to build the church in a futuristic, untraditional way. Very often, when a city gets bombed or suffers an earthquake, there is this clamour to rebuild everything exactly as it was before (eg Malta's Royal Opera House). But I find such romantic thinking to be bad. Horrible actually! Tragedies bring with them a clean slate and in that sense, provide a wonderful opportunity to break away from traditions and thinking that no longer serve current needs. Luckily, thanks to bold and future-thinking designers like Giò Ponti, Milan chose to move on and focus on the future. The result of this courageous decision? Today, Milan is one of Europe's design capitals and it is the richest city in Italy. Who thought the recent history of Milan could make for a wonderful life lesson? 🙂
Habitat, Testaccio Oil on linen board 13 7/8 x 19 7/8 inches
ON VIEW THROUG 12/21 Continuing down the same street shown in my previous post Cassonetti Colorati, Testaccio, is this improvised ‘villa', complete with boarder fence and ‘landscaping’. I never saw the actual tenants of the caravan inside, but others who lived along the Tiber embankment seemed to have an understanding with the residents. There was a water hose for all to use, an electrical outlet for charging up smart phones etc, and someone who came regularly to leave food for a dog I never saw but heard (it was possibly kept in the closed tunnel at right-but I dare not approach it.) There are many such settlements all over the edges of Rome. Unemployment rates in Italy have been steadily growing since 2010. While homelessness numbers increased by 45% in Europe-the numbers in Italy TRIPLED during the economical crisis, meaning 48,000 people in Italy are homeless — 3,276 IN ROME ALONE! earning the city the 16th place on the list of 25 cities with the highest number of homeless. Today, Italy’s far right wing government (Lega Nord) is amping up aggressive action against these homesteads.
Echos of a Fascist Past: One month ago (November 14) hundreds of migrants and Roma have been left homeless following two days of evictions in Italy, as the authorities were “...restoring order to the country.” Meanwhile, the Deputy Prime Minister of Italy and member of the far right party Lega Nord, Matteo Salvini, has been using language reminiscent of Il Duce when he tweeted "a municipal building illegally occupied by 150 Roma was liberated” Where Benito Mussolini brandished “His Majesty, The Pick” Matteo Salvini, using modern means, said "I commit to cleaning up and come back with a bulldozer.” #terzaroma#viewsofrome#modernrome#thethirdrome#thethirdromepaintings#onsitepainting#pamelatalese#rome#robertsimonfineart#fascistarchitecture#urbanpleinair#urbanlandscape#architetturafascista#italianarchitecture#barochetto#testaccio#homelessness#tentcities#LegaNord#NewFascism#economichardship
L'edificio Ex G. I. L. di #macerata è tornato al suo originale splendore e forse anche di più, visto che è stato ripristinato non come fu realizzato nel 1935 ma più similmente a come immaginato nella soluzione progettuale dell'arch. #marioridolfi . Un intervento di restauro e di recupero che ha dei caratteri quasi sperimentali con alcuni aspetti tecnici forse un po' controversi e anche qualche difetto di esecuzione ma nel complesso ben riuscito e lodevole, riconsegnando all'edificio le sue qualità originali anche con delle scelte non scontate. #macerata#marche#rationalistarchitecture#italianarchitecture#heritagebuilding
// On the corner of main street
Just tryin' to keep it in line ...🚶🏼♀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Brera i’ve been loving you for the past 6 years and theres no other place i’d rather live in // #milan#throwback#europeandays#italy