“VELA” ECOLOGICAL HUB  (Rome, 2045)

The construction site of the Sports City of Rome, made by the archistar Santiago Calatrava to host the World Acquatic Championships in 2009, was interrupted shortly afterwards due to rising costs. Then the government proposed to complete the structure for applying to the 2020 Rome Olympic Games, but even the second attempt failed as the construction price had increased eleven-fold at that time. Since the symbol of the “unfinished architecture” could not be demolished leaving room to new urban speculations, a new project was proposed during the 2030’s: converting the “Vele” structure into an innovative Ecological Hub to counteract the high land consumption and the issue of the street garbage in the district of Tor Vergata. Nowadays ,in 2045, this system is still considered worldwide a smart model for the waste management: a series of drones select the urban waste abandoned along the streets and, after classifying it, they deliver it to the Ecological Hub, where the different waste materials are stored for a future disposal or recycling. As history teaches us, Rome is still the greatest city in the world. Just think that even the landfill sites are designed by the archistars...