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THEORY AND DESIGN I: Stories of Materials and Objects
Elective at semester(s) 6, 8, ECTS: 3
Taught in: Greek, Available to ERASMUS students in English and Spanish.
Cognitive Fields (2005/36/EU): Architectural Design, History and Theories, Human Needs and the Built Environment, Social Factors in Design, Design Brief, Building Technology.
Generic Competences: Ability to search for, process and analyse information from a variety of sources using the necessary technologies, Ability to adapt to and act in new situations and cope under pressure, Ability to work autonomously, Ability to work in a team, Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment, Capacity to generate new ideas (creativity), Ability to interact constructively with others regardless of background and culture and respecting diversity, Commitment to conservation of the environment, Ability to demonstrate social, professional and ethical responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues, Ability to be critical and self-critical , Ability to promote free, creative and inductive thinking.



[Knowledge, Comprehension, Analysis, Synthesis]

The course focuses on design as a productive process that help us to formulate the land, materials (raw and processed), crafts, techniques and culturally defined uses. Architectural forms and objects are both artefacts that can inform us about complex and fascinating social processes; they are outcomes of different types of knowledge that defines the transformation of materials; they are outcomes of social exchange in space, of reproduction and transformation of human practices in the ‘longue durée’.   


In the present course, design meets research and theory. Students are assigned to design a space and to materialize an object parallel to doing field research and reading relevant texts on the typology of the studied spaces and objects, on materials and techniques of material production. Students are asked as well to narrate the stories and histories of the past, present and potential future in the making of the objects and spaces they study.     


Bibliography in English and Spanish

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Braudel, F. (1996), The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip, vol.1, Berkley: University of California Press.

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Ingold, T. (1993), "The Temporality of the Landscape", World Archaeology, 25(2): pp. 152-174.

Kallis, G. (2016), In Defenceof Degrowth: Opinions and Manifestos, Vansintian, A (ed.), available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license (CC BY-NC 4.0).

Lefebvre, H. (2014), Toward an Architecture of Enjoyment, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Morris, W. (2008), Useful Work and Useless Toil, London: Penguin Books.

Polanyi, Κ. (2001), The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of our Time, Boston: Beacon Press.

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Santos, Boaventura de Sousa Santos (2014), Epistemologies of the South: Justice Against Epistemicide, NY: Routledge.

Sennet, R. (2009), The Craftsman, New Haven: Yale University Press.

Tello R. (ed.) (2016)  Jean-Pierre Garnier, un sociólogo urbano a contracorriente, Barcelona: Icaria.