Island Part II

Creating landform and therefore an atlas of ideologies. Every cluster is committed to an idea.Each island offers a stage.

The earth is a collection of islands in a atlas wit no beginning nor end.


The first land that we encounter is the ontological island. It is the study of being as such. The very primary idea of its geographical condition. Which is not a static, but actually, it is one of the most movement actions on earth. What we see today, it is the outcome of thousands of years of continental drift. Of movement of the tectonic plates which carved the land where we stand.


When we talk about land, we mostly talk about its topographical condition, either a graphic representation of the surface, description or an analysis of a structured entity, showing the relations among its components, depicting the idea of scale; recognizing a village, a town, a city. This island gives us coordinates, points of reference to recognize where we are. We clearly differentiate from the edge to the land to its interiority.


If we start digging more, it is possible as well to recognize a distinction between islands, the one who are laying on the continent’s shelf, and the oceanic islands. Or islands which are continents. When is an island no longer an island? It is as well in terms of geology. Of archaeology, which lay underneath the present, of what we see now. It keeps the memory of what has happened before.

Nowadays, the human race is experimenting with the land itself, creating man made islands. Intrusions of new land. These artificial islands including floating structures, or small islets support a single pillar of a building or structure, or instead entire communities and cities.  The city ofTenochtitlan, the Aztec predecessor of Mexico City that was home to 500,000 people when the Spaniards arrived, stood on a small natural island in Lake Texcoco that was surrounded by countless artificial chinamitl islands.

What we need to be interested in is that all these lands, are part of a topological condition. Always moving, always changing. The same movement that the earth is shaping itself in the last millions of years, it is the same that it is translating our everyday life and production.

It is a  topological space the one we are building on. Which relies on concepts as  continuityconnectedness, and convergence. The affiliation between two or more islands, atolls, continents, is what makes relationship with the world. The connections is achieved by bridges, which link the archipelago together.



The idea of standing alone, of being detached from others.  No man is an island, Human beings do not thrive when isolated from others. In the same way we tend to think about engineering, different from architecture, to design, to law.

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