Rome wasn't built in a day

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How does the ‘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 ‘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?

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