These Indian ink drawings of Don Bosco – Tuscolano quarter, in Rome, are inspired by the bird’s eye views used as a city’s ‘business card’ in European courts from the 16th till the 19th century. The power of these views comes from a recognition of the City as a compact element, unitary, with peculiar earmarks, almost like a human portrait.
United city fronts on the Aqueducts park and Centocelle park; the transport spine of ‘Tuscolana’ from Porta Furba to Cinecittà; Salesians’ church; the INA’s towers and “horizontal houses”; the corporative high-density developments; the buildings of property speculation… some of the characteristic elements that form the physical identity of the quarter and make it immediately recognisable.
Tuscolano, an uncommon view of Rome was presented in Urban Transcripts 2011, “Rome, the accidental city” exhibition and conference, in Rome, Italy, December 2011.
Jacopo Bonifaci was born in 1983. Born and raised in Rome, where he lives and works as an architect.