Rome: Urban Formation and Tranformation

Jon Michael Schwarting



11" x 11" (Square)
Hard bound
Publication date: 
Spring 2017
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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.

About the author: 

Jon Michael Schwarting is an architect, urban designer and professor. He has a B.Arch. and M.Arch in Urban Design from Cornell University and received a Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome. He is a Professor of Architecture and has been Director of the graduate program of Urban and Regional Design at New York Institute of Technology. He has also taught at Columbia, Yale, Pennsylvania, Cornell, Cooper Union, Syracuse and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies. He has lectured on his work and on architectural, history, theory and issues at numerous institutions. He was an Associate at Richard Meier and Associates and has had a Practice with partners since 1975, and presently, at Campani and Schwarting Architects. His work has been exhibited and published internationally in journals and books. His projects have receive LI AIA ARCHI awards and a PA Citation. He has been recognized and placed in several architectural competitions, and has directed the restoration of the 1931 Alumianaire House since 1987. He has published articles on architecture and architectural theory in Domus, Harvard Review, VIA, Modulus, Precis and ACSA, and has received private and public grants from the Graham Foundation, NEA, NYSCA and NYS P&HP. Michael has served on the Board of the Architectural League of NYC, Van Alan Institute and is 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