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Design/Architecture Briefing— Rome

Preface

A run-through of the best in the world of design and design editor Hugo Macdonald's column on Rome's hands off policy.

Japan, Ribbons, Rome, St Peter's Bascilica

Losing touch

Monocle’s design editor feels let down by changing attitudes in Rome

BY HUGO MACDONALD

The city of Rome occupies a very special place in my heart. I’ve visited it more than any other city and credit it with igniting my passion for all things built and beautiful. I’ve just returned from a weekend after a five-year hiatus and there’s been a small but significant change.

As a 10-year-old boy I was thrilled by everything. There’s a photo of me hugging a humongous marble Corinthian capital in The Forum. It was more than 2,000-years-old and,…

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