Elective at semester(s) 5, 7, ECTS:
This studio course deals with the design of open spaces and small buildings with a special urban significance. We try to understand the inner fabrication of certain places and acknowledge densities and gaps, ordered coherency and its disintegration. The design assignment focuses at the elaboration a certain transition: from natural to crafted, from unformed into ordered, from wild to tamed.
The course is addressing the remodeling of outdoor spaces and other boundary locations. We work with sites that are ambiguous, unsettled and fractured, resisting the masterplan’s forced normalization. In such places, the ground has not yet been deactivated and continues to operate as a mythic matrix of meanings. The latent meanings, traces and material qualities of the space must be coordinated into a new narrative, in the form of a new, simultaneously familiar and enigmatic, landscape.
The subject of the course is the design of the monument of the battle of Thermopylae. There heppened one of the most important and crutial battles in Greek and European history. The field is located on the old highway Athens-Lamia and at the same place where there is today the statue of Leonidas.
The design investigation will evolve with the model as the central tool. Through a series of models will be determined the architectural form but also the construction structure and material substance of the project that should, among other things, ensure its readability and clarity from a great distance. The proposals will be presented with models and drawings in scale 1:20 and 1:50.
Final studio grade will be based on an evaluation of the quality, originality and refinement of the final proposal, the successful completion of the initial assignment and the attendance and full participation in studio classes, and activities.