Jewish Ghetto Urban Plan

Re-imagining the Jewish Ghetto of Rome

This project is the culmination of a three week intensive design studio during a semester long study abroad program in Rome. The process began with a study of the typology and urban qualities found throughout the ancient city. Being immersed in the subject allowed for an in-depth analysis of block size and shape, street widths, urban sequence, piazze, piazzette, larghi and the location and placement of urban furniture such as statues and fountains. After this process the goal was to re-imagine the ghetto as if it had just been razed as in 1885.

The design for the Ghetto started with the study of the original ghetto, from the Nolli maps, to find the redeeming qualities prior to demolition. The original ghetto has an extremely dense urbanism that is relieved with several piazze.  The design creates a hierarchy of piazze, culminating with a grand space in front of the existing synagogue. The Portico di Ottavia is partially excavated creating a more appropriate connection to the rest of Rome and function as a community gathering place.  The program includes a primary school, university, theater, market, casa in linea, and casa a schiera.

University of Miami – Rome Program
Upper Level Design Studio, Spring 2012
Instructor: Jean-Francois Lejeune
Group Member: Jason Hill