This thesis project explores the 2,000 year history of the Tiber River and new uses / access points for the Tiber River in Rome, Italy. Enclosed in protective retaining walls starting in the 1870's to stop flood damage in the ancient capital the once active river was effectively cut off from city life. A series of pavilions was proposed to connect with public transportation, points of interest and active enjoyment of the river. A modular system creating a kit of parts that could be used to create an appropriate architectural language as well as house various public amenities and for profit uses. This independent project was conceived and explored while a student in RISD's European Honor's program.
The Rhode Island School of Design's European Honors Program (EHP), founded in 1960, hosts highly motivated and self-directed juniors and seniors for a term of study in Rome. Housed in the Palazzetto Cenci, a 16th century palace, the EHP offers students the opportunity to study art and design within walking distance of the Vatican, Pantheon, Colosseum, and Roman Forum. The EHP is two terms of twenty-one weeks each: July-December and January-June.