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The Sustainable Park. Presentation to the Press. 1 April 2015

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On 1 April, the Superintendent Francesco Prosperetti and the Domus Aurea staff presented the first sector of the new Sustainable Park created on the Oppian Hill above the Domus Aurea to the press. Present among others were Rome’s Councillor for Culture Giovanna Marinelli who spoke words of appreciation and support for the project

The new sustainable park– SOPRINTENDENZA archive

The new sustainable park– SOPRINTENDENZA archive

The Superintendent presents the new park to the press – SOPRINTENDENZA archive

The Superintendent presents the new park to the press – SOPRINTENDENZA archive

As readers will know, this marks the end of the first test phase, on a scale of 1:1, of the Rehabilitation Project for the Monument, corresponding to the area of the Pilot Worksite.

Arch. G.Strano describes the choice of plant species– SOPRINTENDENZA archive

Arch. G.Strano describes the choice of plant species– SOPRINTENDENZA archive

The complex drainage system and waterproof barriers installed in this first basin will be subject to constant monitoring for several months to check thermo-hygrometric levels. In the meantime, for the staff it was a great pleasure and enormous satisfaction to see so many people strolling along the new paths and children playing among the flowerbeds and lemon trees.

The sustainable park– SOPRINTENDENZA archive

The sustainable park– SOPRINTENDENZA archive

We will later publish the brochure prepared by the staff when work ended and a short press release on the event.

The Domus Aurea Worksite and BrandItalia

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We would like to call readers’ attention to an interesting article (in Italian) with the title “Dal Madeinitaly al BrandItalia: una storia italiana”. We would like to deal with this issue in greater depth by starting a discussion on the Domus Aurea Worksite as a possible symbol of a new way of understanding “Italian value” that is not a function “only” of its immense cultural heritage and its infinite potential for exploitation but, especially in the eyes of the world, of a coherent and complex set of cultural, technical, scientific and entrepreneurial skills that, by ensuring its conservation, can contribute to the development and recognition of our national identity.

These concepts were clearly expressed, quoting Article 9 of the Italian Constitution, by the Italian Constitutional Court in a ruling of 1986 referring to the “primacy” of aesthetic and cultural value, which cannot be subordinated to other values, including economic ones; rather, it notes that the economy itself should draw inspiration from culture as a mark of its Italian identity. The promotion of knowledge and the safeguard of artistic heritage are not therefore just one activity ‘among the many’ for the Italian Republic but are enshrined in the Constitution and Italy’s millennial identity as a fundamental, public and inalienable mission (drawn from a speech made in 2003 by the then President of the Republic C. A. Ciampi (http://www.quirinale.it/Discorsi/Discorso.asp?id=22144).

Can the Domus Aurea, thanks to our Worksite aimed at its physical and cultural rehabilitation, become a symbol of a new Italian Renaissance for the second time in its history? If the answer is yes, would it not be worth guaranteeing its completion at all costs, precisely to suggest a new path towards the genuine rehabilitation of our country?

Detail of a painted decoration in the Domus Aurea – SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

Detail of a painted decoration in the Domus Aurea – SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

Spring at the Domus Aurea with a view over the Colosseum– SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

Spring at the Domus Aurea with a view over the Colosseum– SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

Update On the State of Progress as of 20 January 2015

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After the opening to the public of the Domus Aurea Worksite on Saturdays and Sundays, which continues to see an uninterrupted flow of visitors, work on the “Domus Aurea Project” continues both with consolidation inside the monument, to be described in detail in our forthcoming articles, and in the Oppian Hill Park .

We are proceeding with the complex structural rehabilitation work in the so-called “Little Barracks” and have finished consolidating and securing the decorated surfaces in rooms 24, 25, 56, 58, 59, 60, 63 and 116. We are currently in the process of finishing work in rooms 22, 23 and 62, which will shortly be completely free of scaffolding.

Room 23, cleaned area on the south wall – SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

Room 23, cleaned area on the south wall – SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

Room 23, cleaned area on the vault – SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

Room 23, cleaned area on the vault – SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

Corridor 62, securing the decorated surfaces– SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

Corridor 62, securing the decorated surfaces– SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

Corridor 62, detail showing the detachment of the preparatory layers and the painted surface from the wall– SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

Corridor 62, detail showing the detachment of the preparatory layers and the painted surface from the wall– SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

In the meantime, we have completed the tender process for the work to complete consolidation in rooms 32-33-34 and planned the new projects that will shortly enter the tender stage.

In the Oppian Hill park, in the area above the Domus Aurea, we have continued work to lay the provisional drainage layer, which seems to be performing its task of reducing the serious seepage of water into the interior of the monument effectively by ensuring surface drainage. We intend to extend this drainage project in order to allow us to continue work even during very heavy rainfall.

The pilot worksite: water spraying during work in the summer  – SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

The pilot worksite: water spraying during work in the summer – SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

The pilot worksite– SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

The pilot worksite– SOPRINTENDENZA Archive

To the great satisfaction of all our staff, we are about to complete work in the Pilot Worksite as well. Here, after consolidating and repairing of the gaps in the ancient structures that appeared during excavations, we have finished putting in place the layers of the package comprising the “Integrated Protection System” with the network of drainage pipes and the cable ducts for the monitoring systems. All that remains to complete this important project test is the final phase, with the planting of the chosen trees and shrubs, the creation of the paths and the digging of the small drainage channels; then this first part of the new sustainable park will be ready.

In the meantime, digging work for the construction of the sewer pipe that will channel waters into the municipal system is underway.

We have updated the State of Progress and the expenditure report.