The Architectural Representation through Mapping Controversies: Local Condition Analysis


  • Arelly Alvarez Juarez Licenciatura en Arquitectura, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) Maestría en Arquitectura, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico
  • Claudia Itzel Montalban Osorio Licenciatura en Arquitectura, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Maestría en Arquitectura, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico



A big part of the environment built around us is practically the same wherever you go. Architecture pretends to tell people how to live through standardized design models, thus believing in some sort of design determinism, however, everyday life is very different from that, it is unstable and ever- changing. Consequently, it is necessary to have representation tools that allow us to envision this complexity.

The aim of this article is to reflect on architectural representation through Mapping Controversies in order to explore different architectural alternatives in an integral and dynamic way that dissolves the boundaries between conventional areas of knowledge. This transdisciplinary approach moves beyond the traditional relations that have been classified as dichotomies in architecture (qualitative/quantitative, visible/ invisible, nature/culture, objective/subjective, etc.) and which, considered in an isolated manner, limit the possibility of emerging opportunities that might result from their collaboration.

In order to show the possibilities of this representation tool, a particular case study is presented: The Earthquake Housing Reconstruction in the Coast of Oaxaca which took place in the south of Mexico, in the intersection of the Guerrero and Oaxaca states (see fig.5). From this perspective, the making of an integral analysis of the local condition on the housing reconstruction in the region is proposed in order to expose the significant emerging qualities (human or non-human) that arise from this mapping towards future reconstruction projects in this seismic region. Specifically, the elaboration of a Map of the Local Condition is proposed as part of the research stage in the development of architectural projects. This open, free and alternative mapping according to each case in question is an opportunity for humanized space from architectural representation.


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