Tiber Courtyard

Michele Trimarchi

As part of Cantieri San Paolo, a project of the Municipality VIII of Rome Capital with the support of Regione Lazio and produced by the cultural association Dominio Pubblico, the artist Greg Jager has produced Tiber Courtyard, a hybrid intervention between art and design, curated by Michele Trimarchi that investigates the theme of coexistence in the public space.


It is hard to find the borderline between the abandoned hangars and the faculties of Mathematics, Physics and Engineering of the Roma Tre University, the small open-air landfills, housing emergencies, a student residence under construction, the high school Cine-TV Rossellini, sports centers and the occupied and self-managed social center Acrobax. However it is even more difficult to find an interpretation of the various communities that animate the area: students, Roma families, activists, sportsmen. This is the unsettling but fascinating vision that is contemplated by crossing that bend of the river Tiber that outlines the quadrant of “Valco San Paolo”. Not a real neighborhood, not a suburb, not even a victim of that phenomenon that some have called beautification. In this “valco” Tiber Courtyard takes shape, a territorial investigation project which unraveled me in a reading of a territory made up of contradictions, multitudes and balances.


Tiber Courtyard is configured as a platform for social aggregation and reflection on how aggregation systems in the public space will change. The goal is not to “gentrificate” but to seize an opportunity to pose urban, anthropological and design questions starting from the real needs and stimuli of the multiple communities that animate the urban fabric. The field is designed to be in fact a patchwork of ethnic groups, cultures, multitudes that coexist in the same environment. Some areas of the field can have a life of their own through the evocation of games, others that take shape through free interpretation. Cities as we know them now are no longer sustainable. Only by creating real bridges between territory and institutions is it possible to design the geometries of new ecosystems.