We have been working on the research section of the Italia Design Field school with the Gruppo for the past 5-6 weeks. We have studied Rome and its culture and history from the time of magna grecia to current day. anything from history to politics and architecture and pop culture. I enjoyed reading about the emperors, mostly because i was not well educated in them. But my favourite weeks thus far have been the art week when we studied Renaissance and Baroque art. The other week would be the politics. the reason these two particular weeks made me fall in love with Rome even more is because it made me feel like i’d be going home. I’ve visited Rome previously, but knowing all i know now, i can’t wait to go back.
i came across this video of Rick Steves traveling through Iran. He goes through Tehran, the capital, Esfahan( where i grew up for the first 11-12 years of my life) and Shiraz. I don’t agree with some of his points about the people of Iran, or certain vocabularies he chooses to describe or categorize or to translate the culture, but non the less, i enjoyed this video.
Having studied Roman art very recently, watching this video made me extremely proud. He doesn’t do the city of Esfahan justice i think, but i am biased. I can not wait to visit Rome, but more so, i can not wait to go back home and document the magnificent and astonishing monuments, buildings, and public spaces in Esfahan and Tehran.