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Application Number 0000801659
Author Jimenez Iniesta, David , Spain
Coauthors Conesa Outeda, Ana , Spain
Peñalver Izaguirre, Mª Angeles , Spain
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Work title: [love]... is in the air - The shrinking of the Aral Sea (0000801659)

Sloterdijk set out in his text “air quakes” how throughout the environmental damages is generated a politic of fear and terror about the basic need to breathe. Although it is true that the element wich shows this situation was terrorism (mustard gas, the gas showers, attacks on the Tokyo subway ...), we believe that architecture should aspire to be able to bring highlight these situations in an exercise, rather than settlement,political-ecological awareness. Disasters,such as Fukushima are the example that the presence of the invisible substances in nature cause huge changes at the political-ecology. We try to make a creative reading of the possibilities of the problem in the Aral Sea, the power and poetry of this region strongly altered without being panicked and feared of environmental awareness. Our proposal does not intend to be a mapping exercise of geographic representation, is more a production of new occupation models and new ways of framing the landscape through the transparency of the problems that happen in it. “...In that Empire, the craft of Cartography attained such Perfection that the Map of a Single province covered the space of an entire City, and the Map of the Empire itself an entire Province. In the course of Time, these Extensive maps were found somehow wanting, and so the College of Cartographers evolved a Map of the Empire that was of the same Scale as the Empire and that coincided with it point for point. Less attentive to the Study of Cartography, succeeding Generations came to judge a map of such Magnitude cumbersome, and, not without Irreverence, they abandoned it to the Rigours of sun and Rain. In the western Deserts, tattered Fragments of the Map are still to be found, Sheltering an occasional Beast or beggar; in the whole Nation, no other relic is left of the Discipline of Geography.” J.L Borges “del rigor en la ciencia” Through this Borges’ text we began to think if it would be possible to build a 1:1 scale map… a map based on direct observation of the landscape generating a new way of understanding the use of the territory. The proposal would be the use of three biomarkers(salinity, pollution and disease risk) that made possible a real-time understanding of the status of the ecosystem and to allow users to move through the territory without danger of disease in search of new economic sources (agriculture, fiseheries or energies). Three invisible materials that creates a complex urbanism and a new landscape.