Roma Novissima is an exhibition that investigates the city of Rome in section, observing its stratigraphies and at the same time attempting to trace a possible direction. He doesn't scrutinize her in pose, but in action. The design act investigated considers not only the final — executive — outcome of the architectural project, exclusively verifiable after completion in the intricate fabric of the City, but its entire unfolding in distinct phases, never completely separable from each other other. A research that is both specific and wide-ranging, capable of being structured through writings, drawings, photographs, collages, maquettes, notes in progress. In order to plausibly convey this complexity, the curatorial team of WAR - Warehouse of Architecture and Research proposes a division into three areas of reflection: NEWS, OBSERVATORY, MOSAIC.
In the title, in the exhibition, in the contents, and more generally in the intentions, what emerges from Roma Novissima is the desire to reconnect the present discourse/debate in architecture to certain peaks, which in the Seventies and Eighties left their mark within the city of Rome and beyond, and which today, after the recent death of masters such as Pietro Barucci, Paolo Portoghesi and Piero Sartogo, requires an obligatory moment of reflection.