08EX12 - Χωρικές Διερευνήσεις / Spatial Investigations
2016-2017 - spring semester


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 broad fields of innovation, study of structures (typological, formal, technological, biological, etc.), scientific observation, as well as other scientific and creative fields, using advanced technologies for 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 ‘ARCADIA’ and it connects concepts such as locality and pastoralism with advanced design and visionary utopias. Thus, it raises architectural design as a prominent bearer of new meanings and encoded cultural load. ARCADIA is considered regional and yet highly universal, trivial and yet experimental.
Students are called to respond in unexpected manners to challenges presented by established natural, 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 models. Selected projects are usually presented in international scientific conferences and selected 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 AUTH), Vassilis Chlorokostas (Dip.Arch. AUTH, M.Arch Bartlett UCL), Eftihis Efthimiou (Dip. Biology & Technology UoI, M.Arch UTH, Decode Fab Lab) and Giota Koulali (Dip. Arch. AUTH, MSc Landscape Architecture AUTH, Phd Cand. AUTH).