Atlas of Emergency

Atlas of Emergency

As part of her research for the PhD she is conducting at ALICE, Estefania Mompean Botias has launched the platform Atlas of Emergency. The Atlas of Emergency platform appears as a research methodology within the thesis Architectures of Emergency. This thesis seeks to investigate the current operationalization of the Emergency understood as a symbolic object constructed through spaces and times that have been subtracted and impoverished. In recent years, Emergency protocols have found a place in our daily lives in a world that is increasingly interdependent and marked by planetary disturbances. It is, therefore, necessary to reflect on the normative conditions that Emergency is acquiring, to understand its limits, its ethics, and its spatial repercussions.

On the one hand, these protocols are designed from urgency to counteract an imminent threat to human life with a series of interventions that mark security limits. On the other, these actions can generate space for negotiations and participation in the affected communities. For this, it is necessary a resignification of the Emergency with the negotiation of limits, alarms, spaces, and listening and response protocols.

The Atlas of the Emergency is composed of stories of places where the Emergency procedures (networks, community agendas, arts of tracking, alarms, thresholds, routines, protocols, tools, post-emergency processes, temporary habitats, collectives, emergency agencies, spaces, spatial configurations, communities of care, reparation processes, constructive details) have been generated from the community, in a potential emancipatory process, where other imaginaries appear from a collective representation.

How to contribute

Any story is equally valuable as a record of the processes and actions that are taking place in a territory and the relationships with the people who inhabit it. Your contribution can be the explanation of a process, an extract of a text, an image, or audio telling this story. The record can be about a place, an event, a process, about both human and non-human agents, it can be about spaces, architectures, or infrastructures. Multidisciplinary experiences from research and practice are also welcome.

You can contribute by filling out the form available on We will then be contacted about the Atlas development and the possible related events. 


Estefania Mompean Botias

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