We’re done! Yesterday we presented our final drawing projects to five guest reviewers and then again to our peers later in the afternoon. We are officially done with our Rome drawing project… for now. After staring at our own drawings for so long and slaving over the tiny details, it was very satisfying to see it all put together. Review took place in Piazza San Salvatore where we placed our drawings on the ground and prayed that no rain would start to fall (but seriously, how cool is it that we can say we had review in a piazza?). Like most final presentations, the time flew right by as our guests asked us about the project, we talked about our favorite drawings, and then discussed the future of the map and how it could be developed more and more and more and more. Andrea Ponsi encouraged a little bit more abstraction while Antonella asked us to think a bit about the small everyday life experiences that happen and Tom Rankin brought up the use of diagramming and statistics that many architects like to incorporate into modern projects. Once it was all said and done Ozayr treated us to gelato (of course) and then we crashed and went home to nap for three hours.
It’s been great experiencing Rome through drawing. There are very few mediums that force you to sit and think about a building with knowledge of it’s history but also how it stands today. Some things are better explained on paper with graphite than they are with words and we definitely saw that in our final review. Also shout out Riley for being a great drawing partner. We did it!