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GROUND TRANSFORMATIONS
ΑΣ1301, ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, SPECIFIC BACKGROUND, GENERAL KNOWLEDGE SPECIALIZATION
Elective at semester(s) 5, 7, 9, ECTS: 3
Taught in: Greek, Available to ERASMUS students in English.
Cognitive Fields (2005/36/EU): Architectural Design, History and Theories, Urban Design and Planning, Human Needs and the Built Environment, Social Factors in Design, Structural Design, 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 make reasoned decisions, Ability to work in a team, Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment, Ability to design and manage projects, 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.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

[Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, Evaluation]

When architecture deals with the transformation of the groundis destined to rework and elaborate a certain transition: from natural to crafted, from unformed into ordered, from wild to tamed. This transition is not alinearprocess. It follows the twisted lines of a place’s memory and detects the veins of its internal cracks. In these laborious diversions lies the design’spotential. There, the design process starts to take risks, learns how to change the temperature of things and to overturn something that tends to become predictable, tyrannical and lifeless.

SUBJECT

The course is addressing the remodeling of outdoor spaces. We focus on 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. These latent meanings along with traces and material qualities of the space are the objects of the design’s reconstructional endeavour. They must be coordinated into a new narrative, in the form of a new, simultaneously familiar and enigmatic, landscape.

ASSESSMENT

This year's exercise involves a modern ruin. This is an incongruous vestige from the era of commercial prosperity of Volos’ seafront, located at the intersection of the Argonauts and Korai streets. The prolonged massive volume of the shops allows a dual reading and rebuilding perspective: as perforated building system and as an extraordinary urban ground. The abandoned structure will be processed, with cuttings, alterations and landscaping into a hybrid outdoor space that will welcome public uses.