M E T H O D O L O G Y

 

A NOLLI MAP is...

 

"Nolli's map was chosen as the starting point...not only because of its importance in the cartographic history of the city, but also because it was drawn at the end of considerable Baroque urban development and the beginning of a long period of stasis during which urban changes were few and far between..."

- Rome Research Center in Architecture and Urban Planning

 

Portion of original Nolli Map by
Giambattista Nolli, ca. 1692-1756
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Typically, Nolli maps include the floor plans of interior public
spaces to illustrate the extents of the urban environment in one area. However, for the purpose of this project, the figure-ground methodology found in the Nolli maps will help to illustrate the evolution of urban space in the Independence National Historic Park and Independence Mall. More specifically, the project will focus on the considerable substraction of urban density at the site.