Ben Cowd, Unit 20 2007
Solar Topographies, Rome

This project of an Observatory/ticket office at the Foro Romano focuses on the theme of cosmology and sacred space, mapping astrological paths and cycles through adaptive solar topographies. The topographies are sited amongst the ruins in Rome and are to be read as astronomical clocks and calendars. The laser-cut recessed drawings and models explore the layering of precise patterns which align with significant events on the astrological calendar.