Arch.Uth Postgraduate Course Postgraduate Course Postgraduate Course Postgraduate Course Arch.Uth Ελληνικά
Elective at semester(s) 5, 7, ECTS: 3


raps-ode: sew + ode


rhapsody: recitation of epic poems 2) epic composition or poetry 3) part of an epic poem having a section. Hesychius: "writing or stitching words or part of a poem"


sew: sew on two or more things with a needle and stitch, sew together


ode: a, chant, poem, song




 Ah,  the  whole  dock  is  a nostalgia of stone! 

Fernando Pessoa, Naval Ode (translated by Honig, 1971: 89)


having their souls in the arms of the waves




The course is an introduction to the Space of the Word, both written and oral.


The course introduces students to creative reading and writing by relating them to space and place. 

It introduces poetics as a theory of construction along with poetics as a construction of text. 

Some of the subjects to be discussed are: the space of texts and the space of reading, the space of metaphors and metonymy, the space of memory and the self, the space of habitation and landscape, weather, climate and environment, questions about place, identity and power in language, the quest for polyphony. 


The aim of the course is to open students towards understanding the ways in which the text creates space, through senses, experience and interaction. The students get in touch with the multiple interpretive readings and the poetic techniques of the author. Finally, they understand the importance and role that the presence of text and speech plays in the architectural shaping of everyday life. They will also be able to use language as a documentary technique for architecture, for understanding the animated place as a whole, populated by climate, weather, ground, animals, plants and people.



After the completion of the course the students:

• Will be able to know some of the theoretical texts of literature.


  • They will have practiced reading aloud.
  • They will have passed through questions of identity, power and place in poetic texts.


• They will be able to read poetic and prose texts and to analyze and interpret different degrees and types of spatial presence in these texts.


• Will be able to understand the narrative hero, the use of the narrative face and diagnose poetic methods.


  • Will be able to write and compose texts by creating small books.


  • Will be able to use writing as a documentary technique for understanding the place in its totality. 


Course layout: 

During the three hours of each class:

1. A reading workshop where all students contribute is created. Through texts, issues such as the relationship of the subject/s with the background or the environment, the dialogic dimension of the poetic speech, the plot and the place where it occurs inside text and oral language as chronotope, the relation of space, time and weather with the body, are raised and discussed in the class. Other such issues concern identity, power, wound, memory, and experience, synesthesia and empathy.

Reading literature is one component of the course that is enriched with the second component, the poetry of outside space that is documented through walks in the city or the lands around.

2.After the readings, issues on poetics that result from the texts that have been read are discussed. Poetics is understood as literary theory, regarding the question of how one makes a literary construction, in parallel with the architectural construction. Examples of literary theory are studied, as well as texts by writers, and are related to spatial construction. Important pillars of the lectures: song-lines, poetry of the route, mnemonics, the I and the person in writing, identity, place, weather, senses and the environment and the text, polyphony and multilingualism, time, carnival, the politics of the voice.

3. At the end of each class a short exercise in written word is improvised as a response to the previous reading and as a research tool for documenting, analyzing, designing, and creating space through language. Afterwards the students read and discuss these short texts.


The students at the end of the semester must deliver a project done individually, which includes the written project of the whole year reshaped in a special designed reading object and a video of the student reading her project inside a public space of the city, or a sound-work on it.


Ράινερ Μαρία Ρίλκε Οι Ελεγείες του Ντουίνο, Πατάκη, 2011

Heidegger, Martin "...Ποιητικά κατοικεί ο άνθρωπος...", Πλέθρον – 2008,

Μιχαήλ Μπαχτίν, Προβλήματα Λογοτεχνίας και Αισθητικής , μετάφραση: Γιώργος Σπανός, Πλέθρον: Αθήνα, 1980


Auerbach, Erich. Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature. Fiftieth Anniversary Ed. Trans. Willard Trask. Princeton: Princeton University, 1953


Guglielmo Cavallo (Editor), Roger Chartier (Editor), A History of Reading in the West (Studies in Print Culture and the History of the Book), Lydia G. Cochrane (Translator), University of Massachusetts Press: Amherst (2003)


Bakhtin, M.M. (1968) Rabelais and His World. Trans. Hélène Iswolsky. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


Bakhtin, M.M. (1981) The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays. Ed. Michael Holquist. Trans. Caryl Emerson and Michael Holquist. Austin and London: University of Texas Press.


Bakhtin, M.M. (1984) Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics. Ed. and trans. Caryl Emerson. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.


Eliot, T.S Selected Essays, 1917-1932, Faber & Faber: London, 1932.


Heidegger, Martin”, “Poetically man dwells”, lecture delivered on 1951, in Poetry, Language, Thought, HarperCollins: New York, 1971. 


Jakobson R., Language in Literature,( ed. Krystyna Pomorska and Stephen Rudy), 1987.


and books by: Melpo Axioti, Homer, Lautreamont, Eleni Vakalo, Anne Carson, Nicos Eggonopoulos, Andreas Embeiricos, Constantinos Kavafis, Fiodor Dostoyevski, Herman Melville, Mikhail Bulgakov, Matsi Chatzilazarou, Sappho and Archilochus, Marina Tsvetaeva.