Umberto Croppi talks about the Atlas of Rome

“The Atlante di Roma / Atlas of Rome, designed by FakePress (Salvatore Iaconesi and Oriana Persico) and curated by Paolo Valente, has been shown for the first time at the Pelanda al Mattatoio in Rome during Festa dell’Architettura Index Urbis (an event organized by the Order of the Architects and the City Administration of Rome). From my perspective it is a precious interactive instrument for both citizens and tourists.

The Atlas creates a sense of wonder and amazement both through its physical characteristics – such as its scale, its architectural dimension, and the way it has been contextualized – and through its technical characteristics, such as the possibility for people to navigate the city, the interactivity of the projected surface and the functionalities allowing individuals to express their own views on the territory. And, last and most important, the Atlas makes information accessible, interconnects news, people and physical locations, and it constantly grows and evolves with new data, information and images of and on the city.

The Atlas is a very effective second level communication tool, for the citizens that already are acquainted with technologies and the world of 2.0, and for the tourists arriving for a second time in the city and, thus, express sophisticated needs for information, wanting to understand the city, its places, its buildings, its life.

I think that the effectiveness of the Atlas can be extended and enhanced by placing it in a semi- open physical location of the city, such as the Termini Station Gallery, if it wasn’t as overloaded in information, or on the external passageway of the Auditorium Parco della Musica or, by switching to a vertical representation, on commercial spaces such as the Alberto Sordi Gallery in the center of Rome”

Umberto Croppi

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