Thomas J. Campanella

Thomas J. Campanella

Katherine Edwards Gordon Rome Prize
September 1, 2010–July 31, 2011
Profession
Associate Professor, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Project title
From Rome to Robert Moses: Recovering the Legacy of Michael Rapuano
Project description

I will conduct field research to excavate the Italian sources of Michael Rapuano’s unique aesthetic of park and parkway design. A Fellow and later a trustee and president of the American Academy of Rome, Rapuano was one of the most influential landscape architects of the twentieth century. Using primary-source archival material, including recently discovered family letters, drawings, and sketchbooks, I intend to retrace Rapuano’s footsteps in Italy to better understand the designer’s formative early years and, especially, to probe the origins of his signature public-works baroque design style that became a template for park planning in New York for fifty years. The research is essential to understanding Rapuano’s signal contributions to American design history and will contribute to a major book on Rapuano and his collaborator of forty-two years, Gilmore Clarke. The book, Designing the American Century, will be published by Yale University Press.