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An Architect Explores the World’s Most Resilient City

November 5, 2015


My book Rome Works is done and will be available in paperback and in Ebook formats starting next week.  Here’s what it says on the back cover:

Although Rome has triggered countless books, Rome Works is the first to view the city through the lens of environmental sustainability.

Presenting seven case studies in sustainability from across a range of historical periods, it explores in detail Rome’s impressive history of low-impact urban growth.

Tom Rankin draws on his 20 years of experience as a professor and practitioner of architecture in Rome to examine this tradition from several vantage points. He considers the fabric of the built infrastructure, urban mobility and the ways that Romans have dealt with the challenges posed by transportation, energy use, water supply and waste removal. He also explores the roles that political and economic forces and, most importantly, civic values, have played in shaping Rome’s development.

The seven studies are less finished models of sustainability, the author writes, than complex and messy but instructive laboratories of experimentation and adjustment over time.

As he writes about the systems that allowed Rome to function in the past and those that do so today, Rankin also weaves in stories of his own passionate but at times exasperated relationship with the Eternal City.

Rome Works posits that development in Rome stands at a fork in the road. It can proceed along its current, growth-based trajectory, inspired by the American development model, or it can take an historically-grounded, authentically Roman path toward a greener economy.

If you like the writing in this blog, you’ll love the book.  Read a sample here and follow the links to Amazon to purchase and leave a review if you want.

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  1. December 5, 2016 15:16

    Thank you, Tom Rankin, for Rome Works. I am a radio journalist in Boston, coming to Rome with kids and grand-kids between Christmas and New Year’s, and would be thrilled to meet you. Be so kind as to let me know what’s possible. Chris Lydon


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