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Garbatella: A Garden City in Rome

Date: 10/13/2010

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: 225 Rapson Hall

Cost: Free


Faced with economic and social challenges in the years following WWI, Rome’s politicians and planners sought to improve the quality of life of Italians, especially the working classes. Unexpectedly, they introduced the utopian garden city model that originated in England in the late nineteenth century, transformed for a uniquely Roman context. Garbatella was one of three such garden suburbs constructed outside the Aurelian walls of Rome in the 1920s. While it reflected modern planning principles, its buildings established a dialogue with Rome’s rich and varied architectural history. De Michelis will trace the evolution of Garbatella through the twentieth century, from ideal garden suburb to fascist enclave.


  • Name: Laura Walton
  • E-mail: lwalton@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: College of Design

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Laura Walton, College of Design, at 612-626-6385 or lwalton@umn.edu.

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