Aquae Urbis Romae: Waters of the City of Rome

Aquae Urbis Romae is an interactive cartographic history of the relationships between hydrological and hydraulic systems and their impact on the urban development of Rome, Italy. By charting nearly 2800 years of water infrastructure and urban development in Rome the study examines the intersections between natural hydrological systems such as springs, rain, streams, marshes, and the Tiber River, and constructed hydraulic elements such as aqueducts, fountains, sewers, bridges, conduits, that together created the water infrastructure system of Rome up to the present day. The long term goal of this project is to increase understanding of the profound relationships that exist between water systems and urbanism in Rome, and by example, in a wide range of cities, landscapes, and environments. To visit the Aquae Urbis Romae website click HERE.

Aquae Urbis Romae is the first comprehensive study to examine water as a living system related to the 2800 year history of the City of Rome. It is hoped that this study will foster work by other scholars and designers who are interested in exploring the ways in which water infrastructure can be exploited toward the future development of humane, ecologically responsible, and engaging civic environments.  Focused on the intimate correlation between water, gravity, and topography, the study investigates the relationships between natural water systems, and the delivery, distribution, use, and display of imported water systems as they influenced urban growth and form.

For additional reference and in depth information about this subject please search for Katherine Wentworth Rinne’s new book “The Waters of Rome: Aqueducts, Fountains, and the Birth of the Baroque City” (Yale University Press: 2010).

Text Excerpt Credits: Project Director, Katherine Wentworth Rinne | Published by the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia.

Image Credits: GIS Timeline Map, GIS DATA | Aquae Urbis Romae: the Waters of the City of Rome

Additional Credits: Aquae Urbis Romae was made possible in part by funding from The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, The Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Fulbright Commission, The Prince Charitable Trusts, The John Anson Kittredge Educational Trust and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Funding for this important work is made possible with a Collaborative Research Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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