The prioritization of vehicular traffic and the construction of stone embankment walls have left the Tiber and its waterfront disconnected from the city of Rome. Today, the riverfront is inaccessible and desolate. Elevating the Tiber restores Rome’s relationship with its landmark river by reestablishing an urban and environmental transition between land and water.
The existing riverfront and part of the river itself are lifted, bringing them closer to the active level of the city. The waterfall resulting from this displacement replaces harsh, stone embankment walls with a more liminal transition between city and water.
Rome’s attention is once again focused on the Tiber’s riverfront in a grand gesture that is reminiscent of the city’s historical relationship with public space and urban water displays.