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Save Rome

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At the conference Our Future’s Past: Sustainable Cultural Heritage in the 21st Century where I presented a paper recently I was surprised to see a web address in a presentation of one of the other presenters.  The URL is saverome.org. Interestingly, I purchased this domain when I was working as President of the American Institute for Roman Culture, an organization I had co-founded.  At the time I was happy to forward traffic to the AIRC website from my domain but when I left my position there in 2008, I renewed my subscription to the domain but changed its forwarding address.

Shortly after doing so I was informed that someone had transferred ownership of the domain to the AIRC.  My requests to the Institute to return my domain were refused, not in itself a big issue, but their refusal to reimburse me the $239 I had paid in advance for a domain they continue to use seemed pretty low.

I didn’t think of it again until the other day when I saw the URL projected on a screen at this conference.  Since I paid for the domain renewal out of pocket, and the AIRC was (at the time at least) a recognized 501(c)3, shouldn’t I have received recognition for a donation in kind?

Written by Tom Rankin

November 27, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Segesta, Sicily

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May 24, 2011 at 10:51 am

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Building Maker Comes to Rome

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Just got a message from the folks at Google with whom I worked in l’Aquila recently.  The software we used for the virtual reconstruction is now available for Rome;  check it out at http://sketchupdate.blogspot.com/2011/03/four-new-cities-in-building-maker.html

 

Written by Tom Rankin

March 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

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Opening of Temple of Hercules Victor, Tivoli

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As of June, 2011, Tivoli’s vast Temple of Hercules will be open to the public for the first time ever. Built between the 2nd and 1st centuries BC, the temple lies on the southeast slopes of the hills of the city, visible from the gardens of the Villa d’Este above.

A 700-seat theatre has also been restored and will be inaugurated with a summer performance series; this might bring back the role of Tivoli as an evening destination from Rome, famous in the Dolce Vita years but long in decline.

A museum has also been designed, a new structure built to house the extensive finds from the excavations of the 1980s.

Design work continues on ideas for the reuse of the area’s industrial archaeology which includes ex-munitions and paper factories from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

Further information: http://www.pierreci.it/en/museums-and-monuments/santuario-di-ercole-a-tivoli.aspx

Written by Tom Rankin

January 31, 2011 at 6:41 am

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Contemplating Rome

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This blog is a venue for my thoughts on Roman Culture, an ongoing interest of mine since I co-founded the American Institute for Roman Culture in 2002. As an American architect living since the early 90s in Rome, Italy, I observe the evolution of the eternal city on a daily basis. Much of my current work revolves around environmental and cultural sustainability and can be followed through my other blog: the still sustainable city: Rome.

Written by Tom Rankin

December 26, 2010 at 7:16 pm

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