John Cabot University to Take Part in Open House Roma 2021
John Cabot University is honored to announce that it has been selected to take part in Open House Roma, an international initiative aimed at opening the doors to the city’s little-known architectural treasures. The free events, which will take place on October 2 ad 3, will allow guests to visit over 200 iconic buildings, academies, archaeological areas, art studios, libraries, and foreign cultural institutions that normally limit public access. This annual event, which features guided tours, exhibitions, talks, and performances, was first launched in 2012 and has since opened the doors of hundreds of unique private locations. The University participated for the first time in the 2019 edition of Open House Roma.
John Cabot University will open its doors in order to allow people to visit two of its buildings, the Caroline Critelli Guarini campus on Saturday, October 2, and the Guarini Campus on Sunday, October 3.
This theme of Open House Roma 2021 event is “Battito Urbano” (Urban Heartbeat) and is meant to highlight the city’s return to life after the many closures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The city is an organic system, a living body, nourished by multiple simultaneous actions, that expands and contracts, that adapts and evolves,” says Davide Paterna, Director of Open House Roma.
This year’s program includes the Egyptian Academy, the Danish Institute, Villa Medici – French Academy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, museums and historic buildings, sites of scientific and cultural interest, including the Italian Space Agency ASI, the American Academy in Rome, the Auditorium della Tecnica, the Italian Historical Institute for the Modern and Contemporary Age, and the National Fire Academy.
Built in 1907, the Critelli Campus is a 1600 square meter (17,222 square feet) building featuring three original frescos by Giovanni Battista Conti. The first University-owned property, the new building represents the permanence of John Cabot University in Rome’s Trastevere neighborhood. The renovation of the building, which was carried out by the AeV architecture studio, was made possible by the generosity of Trustee Frank J. Guarini.
The Guarini Campus, which is located on the grounds of the Accademia dei Lincei, Italy’s National Academy of Sciences, has been JCU’s main campus since 1990. The Aurelian Wing of the Frohring Library is a synthesis of ancient and modern, with exposed-beam ceilings and arched windows overlooking the Lemon Tree Courtyard contrasting the modern furniture and high-speed computers. The wing is featured in Architectural Guide – Rome, Dom Publishers.
All activities (except for those taking place outdoors) require participants to show a valid Green Pass (proof of vaccination against COVID-19).