Alice is a graduate student in the Meadows School of the Arts’ Ph.D. program in art history, RASC/a (Rhetorics of Art, Space, and Culture). She was awarded a Maguire and Irby Family Foundation Public Service Fellowship for summer 2014 from the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at SMU to conduct research in Italy. At archives including the Archivio Centrale dello Stato di Rome and the UN archives in Florence, she intends to investigate Mussolini’s aspirations for Rome and the changes he wished to make to its spatial structure.
Palazzo della Civilità Italiana, E.U.R – Quartiere Europa, Photo by Alice/Student Adventures The EUR was a central project of Mussolini’s architectural and urban planning ambitions. Meant to be another building endeavor commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the March on Rome, in 1942, this city was not meant to disappear like others being built for the Exposizione Universale di Roma (E’42). Instead, the EUR would become a new quarter of Rome, where the planners molded an open area as opposed to a crowded urban fabric, where they could start from scratch. This notion of a new start, an open space where a whole city could emerge, was a modernist dream: the dream of an unburdened space where the ideals [...]