Obligatory, Semester 9, ECTS: 12
Taught in: Greek, Available to ERASMUS on request
the void and the reserve
The workshop deals with the centre of Athens.
The methodology of the course is based on the convergence of two approaches: research / analytic on the one hand and synthetic / creative on the other. Thus, the problem of the city centre is dealt with as both an issue for analysis as well as a projection – project. As an issue, it poses a prevailing question, what the word centre signifies. As a project – problem, it becomes an expectation, a void. The central void is presented as reserve, as resource and at the same time as shortage, a need to cover it: on the one hand, what is centre, that is what is full enough (of population, built space, meaning, memory) to attract a metropolis around it and on the other hand, how this centre is void enough for its potentially youthful characteristics to emerge.
The students’groupsattemptto negotiate the city as a whole, using local and specific (bottom-up) approaches. They demand an extended field for architecture, at a time when economic and moral circumstances cast doubt on holistic and abstract urban space control practices.