The Quartaccio area by Pietro Barucci
The Quartaccio is a suburb of the north of Rome that can be reached by taking via Boccea to via Vinovo; the heart of the Quartaccio is a small complex of low brick houses arranged on two long parallel rows. Between the two tracks, a paved pedestrian area joins the crossings in a single unit between via Flaubert and via Andersen. We are in Rome, year 1984. This is where the construction of the district began, when the Municipality of Rome entrusted ISVEUR with the concession for the design of the Zone Plan No. 13 V bis of 700-800 housing units.
The task of coordination, initially entrusted to Lucio Passarelli who however discarded the offer, was proposed to Pietro Barucci, promoter architect of New Town who accepted.
Conceived with the logic of the urban spaces typical of the countries, with the houses overlooking the landmarks of community life such as squares, green spaces and squares, the project began with a visit to the area located in the area of Primavalle, adjacent to the new district Torrevecchia, where an elongated hill was in those years occupied by a farm led by a family. The plateau was bordered on two long sides by slopes covered with scrubland, thus configuring a structure typical of many famous Italian hilltowns admired abroad and widespread in the peninsula.
The linear types initially proposed to flank the pedestrian boulevard were three floors without a lift, of traditional technology but were rejected by the municipal management which interpreted them as an attempt by the concessionaire to save money. Thus it passed to four-story types with elevator; along the two outer edges of the ridges were arranged two- or three-story arrays with gardens.
The limit of the district was dictated by the urban limitation of not being able to carry out commercial activities on the roadside, as they could not be financed by the laws of public buildings. As a consequence it resulted in a viaticum to degradation where the three groups of shops created represent as many foreign bodies or even presences that do not blend with the new fabric. However, the district received praise and recognition, including a report to the Regional In / Arch Prize for Lazio in 1990 and a publication by environmentalist Francesco Perego in the Corriere della Sera which thus titled: "Finally the city!". In a university and professional environment he met many favors.