Carlo Ratti designs the world's largest solar farm for Expo Roma 2030

With the project, Italy and its capital city aim to emerge as a reference model for planning new energy strategies.

Rome is a candidate for Expo 2023 and if chosen Carlo Ratti will follow the transformation of a site in the first suburb of the capital, Tor Vergata, focusing on new mobility and on the intellectual energy of the University.

The idea developed by Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA), together with the architect Italo Rota and the urban planner Richard Burdett, is to provide the city with a large “solar park”, which aims to become the largest urban solar farm in the world, with a photovoltaic area of about 150 thousand square meters and a peak production capacity of about 36 MWp. The area of Expo Roma 2030 will be divided into three thematic spaces – City, Boulevard, and Park – that lead to a gradual transition, practical and symbolical, from the urban dimension to the natural one. In addition, a long green corridor will connect the area with the archaeological zone of Appia Antica.

The regeneration process will also involve the Vele di Santiago Calatrava, designed in the early Zero years on behalf of the University, but then went into disrepair. Inside them should take shape the Pavilion All together/Alt together, part of a system of widespread theme structures, which also includes the Pavilion Teaser, at the Fori Imperiali, the ideal link between the center and the periphery; the Pavilion Ecosystem 0.0, the highest in the park; the Pale Blue Dot Pavilion; and the Roomscape Pavilion.

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