The Roman Villa - An Investigation of Typology

Timothy de Noble, SU School of Architecture

Description/Abstract

This is an investigation of the Roman villa as a distinct typology emerging from urban and agricultural precedents and a comparative analysis of the villa as affected by site, program, and constructional methods and materials. The study culminates in the reconstruction of Pliny's Laurentian villa[...] The reconstruction is not intended as an archaeologically correct solution. Rather the intent is to test the limits of the typology relative to the preceding analysis and to establish the relevance of the villa as a model given its parallels to the extra-urban house of today.