Terra Incognita
A Museum for the History of the Earth on the Moon

Spring 2019
Bachelor of Architecture Thesis
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Advised by Chris Perry

How can Architecture engage in outer space artificial
structures, introducing a notion of sensibility to a
technological structure?

How can a satellite view raise awareness regarding issues of
Anthropocene and decay of the natural environment?
How can we utilize extraterrestrial structures produced by
scientifi c organizations for cultural significance?

We’re in the verge of moving to outer space. What is the future
of the Earth? What could be the narrative then? Is Earth
rotten already or will be?

Terra Incognita, Latin term meaning unknown land,
was originally introduced in Ptolemy’s Geography c. 150
to defi ne regions of the world that have not yet been
cartographically registered and therefore remain unknown
or unexplored parts of the world.

In the 21st century, under the surveillance and mapping
of satellites and other monitoring and scanning
devices, hardly anything can still remain unknown and
unregistered in our encyclopedia of data. What remains a
mystery isn’t so much anymore the static morphological
features of our planet, but rather the dynamic interactions
between humans and human-made environments of the
Anthropocene with the rest of the animal populations and
the natural landscape.

Terra Incognita is reintroduced in the fi eld to raise
awareness regarding our incapability to perceive and
analyze in depth such complex phenomena as well as
our failure to realize our truly close connection to nature
and our current derailment from nature’s trajectory and
evolution. Serving as a museum and educational center,
Terra Incognita uses the technology of satellites to project
the interactions and dynamic systems that currently exist
on the Earth’s surface, raising a level of understanding, as
we envision our reality within the ecology of the planet.

Photographs of the sectional model of Terra Incognita

 I. Birth of Earth

II. Creation of Life

III. From Desert to Snowball Earth

IV. Earthrise

V. Cambrian Explosion & Permian Extinction

VI. Dinosaur World & Jurassic Extinction

VII. Beginnings of Mankind