7 Issues facing the Architect

    • Design and build a robust and elegant edifice
    • Build on a small lot and on a site that was imposed
    • Provide the spectators maximum visibility
    • Organize the space in a way that would respect and represent the social hierarchy
    • Ensure that spectators, technicians, animals, and gladiators could get around easily in the amphitheater
    • Design the water evacuation system
    • Design a backstage system that would be adequate for the events held in the arena


The construction of the Arena, watercolor drawing, A.P. SIMIL, 1868
(Musée des Beaux-Arts ©City of Nîmes)





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