The department of contemporary art and architecture of the Italian ministry of fine art and culture has presented a list of 92 buildings, constructed in Rome within the last 50 years, which it considers to be architecturally excellent. It has also produced a list of a further 163 buildings from the same period, which though less important, it considers worthy of protecting. The details of contemporary treasures have emerged from a much larger screening of more than 28,000 buildings of value both in Rome and the surrounding countryside, which has been prepared for the town and country planning offices.

On the list are houses, churches, offices, hotels, the Auditorium, Parco della Musica and even a car park in the S. Giovanni area of the city. The list will soon be available on line with photographs, see www.darc.beniculturali.it. It will not include the Richard Meier designed Ara Pacis, Maxxi by Zaha Hadid or Nuvola by Masimilliano Fuksas, as they are still works in progress.

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