The Waters of Rome: Aqueducts, Fountains, and the Birth of the Baroque City

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Yale University Press, 2010 - History - 262 pages

In this pioneering study of the water infrastructure of Renaissance Rome, urban historian Katherine Rinne offers a new understanding of how technological and scientific developments in aqueduct and fountain architecture helped turn a medieval backwater into the preeminent city of early modern Europe. Supported by the author’s extensive topographical research, this book presents a unified vision of the city that links improvements to public and private water systems with political, religious, and social change. Between 1560 and 1630, in a spectacular burst of urban renewal, Rome’s religious and civil authorities sponsored the construction of aqueducts, private and public fountains for drinking, washing, and industry, and the magnificent ceremonial fountains that are Rome’s glory. Tying together the technological, sociopolitical, and artistic questions that faced the designers during an age of turmoil in which the Catholic Church found its authority threatened and the infrastructure of the city was in a state of decay, Rinne shows how these public works projects transformed Rome in a successful marriage of innovative engineering and strategic urban planning.

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This is a very great books, explaining in details the water system in Rome in the 16th cebtury and the renewed and reconstructed aqueducts in this period, mentioning the ways and costs of construction, the political and cultural reasons of renewal and also explaining the designs of fountains and it's calssification mentioning the architectural terms used for that. Bottom line, this book is amazing for any architect interested in this issue... don't bother yourselves searching about this topic on internet .. this is the best source to collect info about that topic. 

About the author (2010)

Katherine Wentworth Rinne is an urban designer and historian of Renaissance and baroque architecture and urbanism. She is adjunct professor in the department of architecture at the California College of the Arts and associate fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia.  

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