Epistemology for a Sociopoetics on Dwelling

Wednesday, 13 July 2016: 15:15
Location: H├Ârsaal 15 (Juridicum)
Oral Presentation
Mexico city has become a constant reminder of our failure as dwellers and designers of our habitat. Architecture and urbanism are two disciplines that have shaped the city and the way people inhabit it. But these have failed to account for a city that is for the peolpe and not just for commerce or politics and cars. Therefore, failed architecture and urbanism are only capable to produce wrong representations and practices of dwelling.

            My research question is: What epistemological, sociological and artistic integrated processes might be constructed to look for a sociopoetics that aims to transform representations and practices of inhabiting our city? To achieve that porpuse I have integrated a theoretical corpus under a systemic perspective based on the Adaptive Model for Social Analysis.[1] Formed by: a) Piaget and Rolando Garcia’s genetic and constructivist epistemology, b) Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of habitus[2] and, c) a block of artistic, architectonic, urbanistic and philosophical discourses on dwelling. With these basis I can face the challenge to have a better understanding of the habitus of dwelling organized as a complex social system, and it also guides me into constructing an artistic practice that I call sociopoetics.

            As part of the results of such sociopoetics, I present the project called “Ciudad en segundo piso/Pie de casa de azotea” as a series of artistic, architectural and urbanistic proposals designed by myself to come up with better ways of  living within Mexico City’s chaotic environment.


[1] Amozurrutia, J. (2011). Complejidad y Ciencias Sociales. Un modelo adaptativo para la investigación interdisciplinaria. México. CEIICH-UNAM


[2] García R. (2000). El conocimiento en Construcción. España. Gedisa, y Bourdieu, Pierre. (1997). Razones Prácticas. Sobre la teoría de la acción. Barcelona. Anagrama y (2012). La Distinción. Criterio y bases sociales del gusto. México. Taurus