Design Studio Required Elective at semester(s) 6, 8, ECTS:
This course is taking place every Wednsday at 17.30 - 21.30 and Thursday at 9.00 - 13.00, at room A. The course aims to give students the tools to understand a different architectural language within the city and the way this coexists in the modern urban fabric both through its scale and through new uses of the public space. The remnants of the industrial development that Volos experienced until the first post-war years and their continuation as places of reuse with various cultural and commercial interest, defined a new situation in the area of Palea and especially in the part near the sea.
At the same time, the definition of the city as a modern campus needs to provide for the short stay of both teachers and students and researchers (weekly, monthly and annual stay) during the academic year. Students are asked to identify and understand the elements of coexistence in the area of Palea and then to create their own proposal for the continuation and coexistence of this architectural language in the modern urban fabric with reference to the modern needs of the University.
Students will become familiar with the features of the area and will find their own tools for the following purposes: a. understanding the relationship between public and private and community space b. examining the relationship between natural and artificial landscape, c. examining the relationship between the coexistence of a landscape with historical references and modern life, d. exploring the relationship between the elements of a former industrial architecture and modern life. They will map, trace, and interview in order to understand the different landscapes and spaces of public and communal needs, the different materials, altitudes and uses. They will work on the relationship between theory and design through the interpretation of an architectural practice derived from history, folk tradition and all the components that make up a city's culture
The course takes place most days in the studio / laboratory, but there will also be visits to the area of Palea, in addition to the visits that students will make independently to prepare their work. There will be three design works unfolding the different aspects of the complexity of the structure of this area. Each work concerns a different scale: in the wider area of Palea on the street, in the public space and in a building which will accommodate residents of different lengths and accommodation needs, while it will also provide a common area with the community of the city of Volos.
Part of the course is the Architectural Diary / Sketchbook
The sketchbook must be kept and completed throughout the semester. Sketches, thoughts, observations, photographs, and general information that the student records daily about architecture, urbanization, and his or her own relationship with the space should be recorded. It would be useful to make it as an assignment that one can read, but also as an "object" that students can be proud of. The sketchbook should include all the material for the work done in the studio. The sketchbooks will be collected for evaluation in the last week of the semester and then returned to students before the end of the semester.
For the successful completion of the course, students must:
-understand the cultural and historical context of architecture within a broader understanding of the Greek cultural tradition.
-make an analysis of the urban fabric and its soils within a broader urban and social context.
-distinguish urban and social boundaries that create a public or community space.
-distinguish the different architectural language that carries different elements of history and tradition within the modern fabric of a city.
-explore and understand the structure and connections between their proposals and the existing situations in that particular part of the city.
-develop a deep understanding of the place and design a proposal for specific needs.
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Peter Brook, The Empty Space, Penguin Classics (2008).
David Leatherbarrow, Uncommon Ground,Architecture, Technology, and Topography, The MIT Press (2000).
David Leatherbarrow, Topographical Stories: Studies in Landscape and Architecture, University of Pennsylvania Press, United States (2004).
Marc J. Neveu and Nagin Djavaherian ed., Archtecture’s appeal, how theory informs architectural praxis, Routledge (2015)
Stephen Toulmin, Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity, University of Chicago Press (1990).
Frampton, Kenneth, “The Modern City par Excellence,” The Contemporary (Greek) City, (Athens: Metapolis Press 2001).