#ArchitecturePhotoSeries: Rome, Italy | September 25, 2018 #TheCenter “Power, People, Municipality, God, Architecture” Rome the eternal city’s great attributes take from a symbolic perspective on urban planning. Every street way, built hill, exterior stair, building orientation and material usage are referenced back to some link with the greatness of Rome and it’s ordained position as the capital of the world by God. This connection between architecture, patriotic hubris and spirituality is simple and easy to mentally understand. The arch’s consistent use through the built environment. The times new Roman font clearly seen at the base of every entablature. The pride when studying the historical context of Rome and it’s people. Rome was a great city by connecting all things great to its landscape and planning. One of the first civilizations to “lightly” embrace other cultures...so long as they conformed to “polished” Roman behavior and belief. The architecture of Rome and it’s importance in keeping the city in line is what impresses modern designers worldwide. The architecture and built city is at the fore of its hierarchy. Rome was a spiritual city, and men linked and connected themselves to the Gods by building temples for the Gods they believed in. Every built structure was a representation of some emperor stretching himself towards being a God or connecting with God. The mindset in which they built was symbolic but pragmatic as well. The eternal city factor comes from the fact that not only the buildings but the city as a whole with its abundance of piazzas (squares) and minute detailing everywhere creates pleasantries for the pedestrian with everywhere and no where to go, with all the time in the world and no time at all. 5 minutes of waking, jogging, arguing, exercising, eating is experienced better and creates a different psychological experience. Creating better memories and life thoughts for one self. With all this beauty it’s hard to understand how such a forward nation could descend into chaos, but then again...it’s simple to understand when thinking back on the nature of men and our consistent repetition to build and destroy.