08EX12 - Χωρικές Διερευνήσεις - Spatial Investigations


2015-2016 - spring semester
Wednesday 10:00-14:00, classroom 201

The course’s object is the research on the procedure of architectural design and the investigation of its origins and its limits. The course will attempt to connect architectural design, as a deep, creative procedure with the broad fields of innovation, the study of structures (typological, formal, technological, biological, etc.), the scientific observation, as well as other scientific and creative fields, using advanced technologies for the design, spatial representation and digital fabrication.

The aim of this course is to understand the dynamics of space and its qualities, the challenging of established building schemes, the experimental process of complex and sometimes unexpected alternative functional programs. The purpose is the final proposal of innovative spatial situations, through comprehensive, synthetic architectural narratives.

Particular emphasis is placed on encouraging the development of personal design vocabularies, portraying flexibility and resourcefulness in responding to complex spatial requirements. Students will be challenged to a continuous processing of their design proposal through the use of three-dimensional spatial representational tools, digital and physical models, which may be conceptual, diagrammatic and not necessarily representational.

This year’s topic is titled ‘DOMES e/w’ and it focuses on domes, both in their eastern and western cultural versions. A ‘dome’ incorporates structural, geometrical, cultural and anthropological elements and is the point of reference for the spatial investigation in the course. Students are called to respond in unexpected manners to challenges presented by established structural and formal models of organizing space and architecture, while incorporating conceptual, cultural and environmental attributes.

Throughout the course, short seminars and workshops will be organized on experimental architectural design, advanced modelling and spatial organization. Research findings of the design studio will be used to formulate and fabricate a collective three-dimensional model. Selected projects are usually presented in international scientific conferences and selected fabricated models are proposed to participate in exhibitions.

The course’s external contributors are Fotis Vasilakis (Dip.Arch. AUTH, MArch IAAC, UPC Barcelona), Ioanna Symeonidou (Dip. Arch. AUTH,  MSc EmTech AA, PhD Cand AUTH, University Lecturer TU Graz) and Vassilis Chlorokostas (Dip.Arch. AUTH, M.Arch Bartlett UCL).