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Complexity and Sociocultural Urbanization of Spare Time in Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City


  • José Antonio García Ayala

    () (Escuela Superior de Ingenieria y Arquitectura - Unidad Tecamachalco, Instituto Politécnico Nacional)


This article derives from my thesis research project "Fragmentation and sociocultural urbanization of spare time. High-significance places in Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City". Its purpose is to concisely present those considerations that allowed integrating transdisciplinary epistemological and methodological frameworks. An analytical method was designed to integrate epistemological considerations for cultural and deep hermeneutics analysis, and the principles of complex thinking and complex systems theory, with the purpose of explaining the spare time sociocultural urbanization that is taking place in this fragmented public space that is characteristic of Mexico City. We present here some of the results of the implementation of this analytical method based on hologramatic, recursive and dialogic principles, that allowed interpreting Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City (at first sight considered fragmented, disarticulated and chaotic) as a fractal space, integrated by symbolic forms, socially and historically structured in this public space, from its origin, in 1958, up to the 21st century. We can conclude that these symbolic forms, located within a complex system, are condensed in high significance places such as Juan Escutia Sports Palace, Rodríguez Brothers Racetrack, Foro Sol, Gates 3 and 2, and Agustín Melgar Olympic Velodrome Esplanade, all of which have their own cultural dynamics that determine the characteristics, as a whole, of this sport centre.

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  • José Antonio García Ayala, 2014. "Complexity and Sociocultural Urbanization of Spare Time in Magdalena Mixhuca Sports City," Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems - scientific journal, Croatian Interdisciplinary Society Provider Homepage:, vol. 12(3), pages 225-244.
  • Handle: RePEc:zna:indecs:v:12:y:2014:i:3:p:225-244

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    complexity; deep hermeneutics; sociocultural urbanization; public space and spare time;

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