“The Domus Aurea Worksite” opens up to the web with the aim of providing a day-by-day account of the works underway. A diary to inform people about the progress of projects and work to consolidate structures and decorations, the experiments underway and our research and documentation activities.
The aim of the initiative is to help people to gain a better understanding of our work processes: given its complex conservation problems (structural, climatic/environmental/, landscape) the Domus Aurea is a test bed for specialist activities, combined within a single project.
For this reason, we are giving a voice to the many professionals working on the monument (archaeologists, architects, engineers, conservators, physicists, chemists, biologists, landscape and gardening experts, technicians).
The blog, created using open source software and without costs to the state, is written by the internal staff of the Domus Aurea, who will update it periodically with news and reports. We also hope to encourage dialogue and debate, which we will do our best to keep alive.
Three years ago, I became responsible for the Domus Aurea in a very difficult phase of its existence, further complicated by the collapse on 30 March 2010. A few months ago, a new phase began when the Italian government decided to revoke the monument’s management by a special commissioner (in place since 2006) and to return all management responsibilities to the Soprintendenza.
As Director of the Monument on behalf of the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma (MiBAC), which is responsible for this heritage, my concern is its safeguard and enhancement. However, it is also important to remember that it belongs to a living urban context and is located within one of Rome’s historic parks.
I believe that it is extremely important, especially in the current historical phase of Italian government, to work in a way that is as transparent as possible, attempting to raise public awareness of the complexity of our activities by keeping people informed about our work, the projects and the problems we encounter.