80 502 Rome+Mausoleum


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Course content

This master course takes place in Rome and consists of two parts, one studio assignment tutored and evaluated by AHO, and a six-weeks seminar tutored and evaluated by The Norwegian Institute in Rome (University of Oslo). Only five students are admitted and the seminar will be held in Norwegian.

Studio assignment
The mausoleum of Augustus, placed at Compo Marzio at the outskirts of the historical centre of Rome near the Tiber river, appears today as a abandoned ruin, in strong contrast to how this monumental building has manifested itself through history. Benito Mussolini conducted a highly controversial restoration of the mausoleum as part of a strategy of associating himself and his regime with the first emperor of Rome and his empire. The restoration, which reflected Mussolini’s own idea of how the mausoleum should have appeared at the time of August rather than a historical reality, removed the traces of time: plundered by the Visigoths in 410 AC, transformed into a castle by the Colonna family in the 13th century, exposed to bombardments, rebuilt as a palace with gardens in the 17th century, a bullfight arena in the 18th century and a gigantic concert hall in 1908, before Mussolini in 1938 turned it into an archaeological site. He removed “non-original” building parts, framed the mausoleum with new “fascist” architecture and accompanied it with the newly discovered and relocated temple of Ara Pacis. After WWII the monument has decayed and occupied by the homeless people of Rome. In 2014, at the 2000-year anniversary of the death of Augustus, 2 mill Euro is assigned to restore the mausoleum, ready to open for public in 2016.

The assignment is to do an architectural transformation of the mausoleum that inscribes it into a contemporary urban reality. The group of five students will together examine the building: it´s history, characteristics and spatial potential, followed by an individual architectural project.

Seminar at The Norwegian Institute in Rome

Information about ROMA2020 - Roma, sted og symbol (7. okt - 11.nov)

Application for the seminar is available at UiOs SøknadsWeb from 1 May:

NB. Deadline for fall semester is fall 1 June 2014.

Instituttet i Roma er drevet av det humanistiske fakultet ved Universitetet i Oslo. Se http://www.hf.uio.no/dnir/

If you have questions for admission to ROMA2020? contact IFIKK at henvendelser@ifikk.uio.no

Learning outcomes

The course shall give the students experience with reuse and preservation of historical building structures by designing a public building in a complex urban setting The seminar ROME2020 gives a multidisciplinary understanding of the development of Rome. For course in Roma, see separate description.

Working and learning activities

The course begins with a seminar in Oslo. The course runs from mid-August through December. The initial and concluding phases take place in Oslo, while the main part (about September 1 to December 1) will take place in Rome. It is required that the student can work independently. There will be three pin-ups in Rome, guidance will in addition be provided via Skype. The students follow the full program of the course ROME2020 – Rome – place and symbol, as well as excursions in Italy. The course runs from 7 October to 11 November.

Professor in charge

Professor Erik F. Langdalen


Assessment Date Duration Grade scale Oral examination
Annen vurderingsform, definer i kommentarfelt Pass / Fail

See Work and learning activities.
To obtain 30 credits, documentation from UiO must be available