a walking architecture unschool

2. Cartography: Diagnose

2. Diagnose (NEEDS).

-We start this second step by ordering the list of data. All data belongs to two groups: resources (energy and material) and to dwell.

-We carefully discard all irrelevant information. This new synthesis list will show us some symptoms, that will lead to a diagnosis of the needs that we give an answer to. To know what is lacking and what is too much. 



-For us, the project starts with the diagnosis of whether it is necessary to introduce any changes to the present ecosystem. If the answer is positive, in the next step we’ll think what and how to do it, following the complex question so that the answer comes naturally. The more simple the materialization of this answer, the better. 

-At the end of this stage we can do a critical synthesis of the commission consistent enough so we can propose eventual modifications to it. 

LITTLE PATHS (Case studies):

  • Dersú Uzala in Ocatillo  (case study #7 ). Setting camp.

EXCURSIONS (little exercises for young builders while on a journey):

  • Make a clear and synthetic diagnose of what is/are the specific goal/s of the project. Don't add any of your dreams or wishes yet (use only diagrams or ideograms).


  • Dersú Uzala, Vladímir Arseníev, 1923.