Color portrait of the head and shoulders of Paulette Marie Singley, set against a black background

Paulette Marie Singley

Adele Chatfield-Taylor Rome Prize
gennaio 11–giugno 14, 2021
Profession
Professor, Department of Architecture, Woodbury University
Project title
Preserving Perishables: Strategies for Conserving the Cultural History of Cuisine in Contemporary Rome
Project description

Preserving Perishables seeks to develop conservation parameters and techniques for selected moments in Rome’s contemporary food network as models for similar cultural and architectural conservation in other parts of the world. While we may recreate a recipe, such as hot lamb stew, from Apicius’s De re coquinaria (On the Subject of Cooking)—in a meal prepared with onion, coriander, cumin, garum, olive oil, and wine that allows the epicure to approximate the flavors of first century Rome—the diurnal produce market at the Campo de’ Fiori is transforming into a cluster of semipermanent souvenir stands, alimentari are giving way to gelaterie, and macellerie are transforming into to take-away pizzeria. The need for this work to be completed is urgent as modern Rome’s century-old food traditions are in danger of perishing along with the places, spaces, and memories that define them.