3 Things I Learned in a Day in Rome

“I am still learning.”

Michelangelo, an Italian polymath, who painted the famous “Creation Of Adam”  had said this at age 87. It is without a doubt that all of us learn something new every day, whether we notice it or not is a different story.

I am determined to exemplify this within my daily life and I invite all of you to do the same! Here is my day and my lessons…

October 29, 2016

7:40 am – Wake up, get ready, eat breakfast

8:00 am – Walk to Piazza Trilussa. (My class meets here for field trips to get on the bus).

9:00 am – Arrive to our first stop: Jubilee Church. A modern take on Roman churches. We have an hour to sketch!

 

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Photo courtesy of Richard Meier Architects .

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10:00 am -This day is occupied by a lot of bus time. But bus time is book time.

10:30 am – We arrive to our second stop: Corviale. A  one kilometer long suburban building. We get more time for this massive structure. Hard to sketch here because there a lot of its inhabitants looking at 60 students looking back at them.

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To get a sense of how dense this urban project is… the floor plans of this structure.

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A gloomy look down to a forgotten courtyard.

12:00 pm – We arrive to our third stop: Palazzo Della Civilta del Lavoro. 

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12:40 pm – By this time I was so hungry, I actually opted for a quick meal in Mcdonalds.

2:00 pm – It was back on the bus and headed back to Trastevere.

3:00 pm – Back in Rome, and obviously, we head to studio to work. Luckily with such a great view we managed to catch  a show.

7:00 pm – Finally dinner! With such  a long day, I forewent my student budget and decided to eat out.

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the day in review…

  1. Modern architecture does exist in Rome. As seen in Jubilee Church, the first stop, it is evident that traditional values of religion play a large role in influencing modern works.  On my third stop, the building uses a traditional motif (the arches) on to a modern day building was interesting to see in Rome. I almost felt I wasn’t in Rome anymore!
  2. Have a critical eye- especially in architecture,  I relate the buildings to an imaginary floor plan in my head, but on the second stop, I could barely grasp the size of it!
  3. Treat yourself! Especially after such a long day of school and homework, all it takes to rejuvenate could be a meal away from a screen.

What kind of lessons do you learn in your daily life? Leave a comment below!

 

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