Terra Incognita

head and torso of a young woman with black hair wearing a white sweater standing against a white wall
  • Jessica Jiang, B.Arch. 2017
  • Hometown Austin, Texas
  • Class ARCH 3102 Design VI (ROME)
  • Instructor Andrea Simitch

Terra Incognita presents a speculative manifesto for the future of Rome. The fictive scenario caricatures Rome as a series of monument stops, patchworks that are dogmatically preserved and elevated to a sacred value. Terra Incognita utilizes the railway ring along the periphery of Rome. This ring is envisioned as a new icon of leisure and tourism, inverting the urban condition of the precious historic center. Initially populated by spoliated monuments, the periphery loop ultimately is overtaken by contemporary monuments endowed with authenticity. As a satirical interpretation of the preservationist impulses of the city, this project proposes a monument pavilion and linear park in Quattro Venti that indexes and distills landscapes across Italy that are soon to disappear.