Interesting article from cafebable.com:
How does the â€˜Eternal City' juggle the need to preserve its past with the equally important need to construct its future?
In his design for a new museum to house the Ara Pacis, a Roman altar commemorating Augustus' victory in Gaul and Spain in 15 BC, Richard Meier was always going to have to tread carefully. Not only was the American â€˜star' architect chosen over local candidates, but this would be the first modern architectural project to be undertaken in Rome's historical centre for more than 60 years. Could a contemporary architect really succeed in reconciling 21st century design with the ancient landmarks and heritage of the Eternal City - among them the mausoleum of Emperor Augustus which borders the new building?