Clean Defenses : The Rom in Italy

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After living for seven years in Italy, I began questioning the primative camps integrated into the urban fabric of almost every Italian city I visited.  As I asked friends and colleagues, no one could give me a straight answer, but everyone had a theory. I knew that the people living in the camps were Rom and that most Italians referred to them as "gypsies". Having completed some initial research, I devised a research journey that initiated in Camargue, France the home of an annual Rom Pilgrimage. I traveled from the Camargue to Rome visiting Rom camps, interviewing social workers, and generally immersing in their culture. As an architect, I wanted to know if there was a logic or reason for their camps and what perpetuated their isolation. Please click here for the full article.