A selection of houses for OfHouses by Cristian Valenzuela Pinto.
The Map for the Territory.
An anthology emulates a history of architecture the same way in which the latter uses works of architecture to exemplify or reinforce a certain idea or train of thought.
We could state too that the concept of an architectural anthology has little to do with architecture; the works selected serve just as narrative vehicles.
Within the framework of this idea, I would like to point out a definition proposed by Félix de Azúa in his Diccionario De Las Artes.
In it he says, architecture at its most fundamental degree commits to the art of building houses. Today there are fewer and fewer houses and therefore less architecture.
A house by definition argues de Azúa, has nothing to do with technical aspects, socioeconomic context or design guidelines; a house amount to its inner contradictions, concessions and uses that over time personify the owners. A house reflects the fears and longings of its dwellers and little by little adapts to experiences and events that itself accommodates; ultimately a house is made of stories on top of other stories, a house is the narrative of its possibilities and impossibles.
What proposes this interpretation above all is firsthand experience of space, dwelling in a building until it transforms with time into architecture. Without a time-spatial dimension architecture does not exist.
What exist in its place is simulacra: photos, drawings, models. A fiction we take for architecture; the map for the territory.
The following small selection of houses or maps of this territory will be superimposed with other fictions, and used here as means of posing the idea that for the most part, our relationship as architects with Architecture and its Histories is no more than a simulation.