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What needs to be represented?

If a representation system is to be considered mature and holistic, the system should also represent the people in that domain, as well as the resources consumed in that domain, along with the representational issues of that domain itself.

Thus, in architecture, the representation system should cover the following three axis of representation:

  1. People involved in architectural decision making should be in the representation system. This can include architects, clients, financiers, tradespeople, contractors, etc. Issues such as communication, location information, etc. should be handled in this axis.
  2. Resources handled by people and consumed by them should be seen in the representation. This includes information generated by the system, money, time, etc. Issues such as security, archival should be handled here.
  3. Lastly, the architecture that is finally produced by them.

Why cover such a large representational area?
Though the above coverage is an ideal one, we should not go for anything lesser. If anything less is attempted, then it can become more simplistic which may not solve some critical issues that the world is facing.

Let us take an example. After a Tsunami, people have to be quickly relocated with reasonable (if not good) architecture that is suitable to them. If we were to take a seemingly simple approach of using some sophisticated architectural modeling system (e.g. a BIM - Building Information Modeler), it may solve part of the problem -- which is to discuss and evolve the architecture required after the Tsunami. But there could be many issues that concern people, resources they consume, etc. which may not get handled properly because the interfaces to the architecture that was represented would be poorly establised because they were not worked out earlier. And that can bring down the entire project.

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