Arch.Uth Postgraduate Course Postgraduate Course Postgraduate Course Postgraduate Course Arch.Uth Ελληνικά
MATERIALIZATIONS: Studies in architectural materiality
Elective at semester(s) 6, 8, ECTS: 3
Cognitive Fields (2005/36/EU): History and Theories, Social Factors in Design, Building Technology.
Generic Competences: Ability to search for, process and analyse information from a variety of sources using the necessary technologies, Ability to work autonomously, Ability to promote free, creative and inductive thinking.

This theoretical course addresses the profound role of materiality in invigorating architecture. We’ll trace diverse approaches that elevate materials and their articulations into crucial agents of architectural imagination. Through the works of Alvar Aalto, Sigurd Lewerentz, Luigi Moretti, Carlo Scarpa, Enric Miralles, Herzog &de Meuron, P. Zumthor, et al, we’ll examine the dynamics of material processing in the production of architectural meanings and expressive transgressions.

In addition, aspects of material poetics will be approached through the study of informal and vernacular architecture. Certain examples will be investigated for their raw materiality, their unexpected tensions and their potential to undermine the codes of architectural conformism. 

The course consists of a series of lectures and discussions. A small research assignment calls for critical reading of existing small-scale structures, their material constitution and cultural implications. 



Knowledge, Comprehension, Evaluation


Cadwell, M. Strange details. The MIT press, 2007.

Frampton, K. Studies in Tectonic Culture: The Poetics of Construction in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture. The MIT press, 1995.

Leatherbarrow, D., Mostafavi, M. On Weathering. The MIT press, 1993.

Lloyd Thomas, K. (ed) Material matters: Architecture and material practice. Routledge, 2007.

Γιαλούρη, Ε. (επιμ.) Υλικός Πολιτισμός: Η ανθρωπολογία στη χώρα των πραγμάτων. Εκδ. Αλεξάνδρεια, 2012.