Archive for December, 2011

December 27, 2011


by yannis zavoleas


PhD in Architectural Design NTUA (2011). Theme: Machine & Network. Technology as Metaphor in Architectural Design.
Master of Science, Comparative Media Studies MIT (2002).
Master of Architecture UCLA (2000).
Architect Engineer NTUA (1996).

Architectural Design, Digital Media in Architectural Design, Theory of Architectural Design.

Dr.Yannis Zavoleas teaches architecture as Senior Lecturer at University of Newcastle, Australia, also as Assistant Professor at University of Patras, Greece (on leave), before at Technical University of Crete, Greece. He holds a PhD in Architectural Design from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA – 2011), an MSc in Comparative Media Studies from MIT (2004), an MArch from UCLA (2000) and a 5-year professional degree in architectural engineering from NTUA (1996).
In 2013 Yannis published the book “Machine and Network as Structural Models in Architecture”, Futura publications, Athens, Greece (in Greek)
ISBN: 9789609489317
His research interests include architectural design methodology, theory and practice.
He practices architecture since 1996. He has worked as architect in USA (Amphibianarc Los Angeles, Boston), in film post-production (SONY Imageworks), as Art Director (Games-to-each research project, MIT/Microsoft); he has given over forty lectures in conferences and universities about architecture, theory, technology, communications, art; he has published (Thresholds, The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Architecture in Greece); advisory board in conferences / publications: EAAE, CommonGround Publishing; awarded in one international architectural competition (seven participations); won one competition in interactive storytelling; eleven research programs & workshops (organized: “Architecture & Technology: Conditions & Limits of the Metaphor,” “Code AB-USE in architectural design,” “Unbuilt,” “Surface: Digital Materiality & the New Relation between Depth and Surface – EAAE Architectural Theory Group) eleven architectural exhibitions, three short film festivals.

December 27, 2011


by yannis zavoleas


Address: Yannis Zavoleas | University of Patras | Polytechnic School | Department of Architecture | Rio Patras | 26504 | Greece


December 27, 2011


by yannis zavoleas

The attribution Built may only be given to a small percentage of designs that were actually constructed, whereas most of the designs have remained in paper for many reasons. An Unbuilt project may be supported by heterogeneous, laborious, even innovative design methods. The workshop focuses on such attempts, also with the aid of analogue and digital tools and techniques for the inquiry of original architectural languages. Experiments may be grouped in various categories, such as: structural unit/system, fluidity, circulation, folding, cladding, surface, limit, continuity.

The above categories are related to similar experiments of the architectural avant-garde of the later period: Daniel Libeskind, Peter Eisenman, Zaha Hadid, Coop Himmelblau, Lebbeus Woods, Bernard Tschumi, Morphosis and ΟΜΑ. Much before developing an architectural project, these architects had explored their ideas by gradually advancing their individual research methods of design, a process that eventually led in defining their architectural character. Being part of a broader avant-garde in philosophy, linguistics, social studies and art, these architects surpassed the recent Modern tradition. In fact, their work may be related to similar attempts of the early 20th century, which would flourish only when it became socially and technically compatible. The results may be viewed as successful, or controversial; either way, as design research they have been very influential to the architecture of today.

Workshop duration: 6-15 July 2008.

Organizer: Yannis Zavoleas.

Location: National Technical University of Athens, Department of Architecture.

Presentation: July 16, 2008, 18.00 – 21.00, Athens Byzantine & Christian Museum.

Exhibition: 15 July – 3 September 2008.

December 26, 2011


by yannis zavoleas

Designing Strategies for Technological Development

Location: Cannes, France

The project is made during a workshop at MIT for the development of the city of Cannes, in Southern France, to a Mediapole. Cannes today functions mostly as a tourist, festival, and retirement destination with activities peaking during the summer and at key times of the year. The main challenge is how to integrate technology to the existing social and spatial fabrics.

The Mediapole project aims to generate a more constant and sustainable urban metabolism by addressing social and environmental concerns at all scales. The nodes of a network support interaction with media content, located within the urban context. The project focuses on the regeneration of an existing industrial site, to be converted into a new technological district that would reposition Cannes globally as a leading center of the creative industries.

Organizers: William Mitchell, Denis Frenchman (Professors), Carlo Ratti (Research Scientist)

Guy Perry (Visiting Critic, Investment Environments)

Course Coordinator: Susanne Settinger

Design Team: Christopher Gichuhi, Anubhav Gupta, Tristan Jehan, Justin Lee, Lira Nikolovska, Daniel Malinow, Virginia Nolan, Jun Oishi, Lily Shirvanee, Jeremy Voorhees, Sarah Williams, Yannis Zavoleas

See Cannes Reloaded video, by Yannis Zavoleas

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December 25, 2011


by yannis zavoleas

Honorable Mention Architectural Competition

“Ephemeral Structures in the City of Athens for Olympic Games of 2004”

Location: Athens, Greece

Credits: Yannis Zavoleas, Alexandros Tsamis, Lydia Kallipoliti, Alexandra Sinisterra, John Fernandez, Vana Tentokali

The subway’s excavation process in Athens has revealed the presence of “other” cities of the past, below the contemporary level. Based on the historic palimpsest, this project aims to create an active receptive version of the palimpsest; a registration device of activities that are registered directly in the urban context. “Fecund Cityscapes” are flexible “wall borders” that integrate “seeds” of urban activity in their structure. A “seed” is defined as a pneumatic ring being placed in the floor components of the structure that can be activated by the visitors. The visitors may walk in the structure, press buttons and get information about the city events. This activity causes the structure to “impregnate” and transform in two ways; change of mass due to the inflation and change of texture (color) due to temperature shifts in the interior. These changes are registered on the structure’s epidermis, which conveys to the urban environment traces of the ephemeral activities of the interior. These structures are placed at urban voids close to subway stations. An urban network is created supported by the existing one, offering an alternative kind of navigation “in time” for the city.

December 25, 2011


by yannis zavoleas

Zavoleas, Yannis. Machine and Network. Technology as a Metaphor in Architectural Design, (in Greek), Ph.D., Athens: NTUA, academic edition (2011).

Zavoleas, Yannis, Stroumbakos, Vassilis. Tools-for-thought: introduction in architectural design with digital means, (in Greek), Patras: Univ. of Patras, university edition (2012 forthcoming).

Zavoleas, Yannis. “House-as-Machine. The Influences of Technology during Early Modernism,” conference proceedings, EAAE-ENHSA Rethinking the Human in Technology-Driven Architecture, CMA, Chania (2012 forthcoming).

Zavoleas, Yannis. “Formal Appearance, Twisted Core.” Paper published in Hidden Athens event series, organized by The Art Foundation – Center/Solitary, Th.Moutsopoulos (2012 forthcoming).

Zavoleas, Yannis. “Digit Mat(t)ers. Processes of Normalization in Architectural Design,” conference proceedings Sur-face: Digital Materiality & the New Relation Between Depth & Surface as a Challenge for Architectural Education, 5th EAAE-ENHSA Workshop on Architectural Theory, Technical Univ. of Crete/CMA, Chania (2012 forthcoming).

Zavoleas, Yannis. “Layering as a Systematic Approach to Spatial Order,” conference proceedings Architectural Theory: A Technical Practice?, Heynen,H., Rauta,A. eds., EAAE-ENHSA Workshop on Architectural Theory, Ecole d’ Ingénieurs et d’ Architectes de Fribourg, pp.402-10 (2010).

Zavoleas, Yannis. “From the Room to the City: Archetypes of Integrated Spatial Organization,” (in Greek), Architektones magazine (Αρχιτέκτονες), no.77 period B’ Nov-Dec, Athens, pp.42-45 (2009).

Zavoleas, Yannis. “In the fringe of ‘Athens Charter.’ Interpretive Escaping from an Expected Dead-end,” in 2nd Hellenic Conference of Urbanism and Urban Planning, Univ. of Thessaly, vol.II, Volos, Greece, pp.757-64 (2009).

Zavoleas, Yannis. “Fountain Mediated: Marcel Duchamp’s Artwork and Its Adapting Material Content,” The International Journal for the Arts in Society, vol.3, no.5, Melbourne: Common Ground Publishing, pp.77-86 (2009).

Zavoleas, Yannis. “Zoom in/out: The Abolishment of the Drawing Scale in Current Architectural Practice,” conference proceedings Paradigms in the Basic Understanding of Architectural Research: Architectural Research & the Digital World, Copenhagen: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, 142-52 (2008).

Zavoleas, Yannis. “Diagram/program/schema: The diagram as a vehicle of transposition in the quest of architectural form,” conference proceedings Paradigms in the Basic Understanding of Architectural Research: Architectural Research & the Digital World, Copenhagen: The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, pp.154-63 (2008).

Zavoleas, Yannis. “Real Space, Digital Perception: Formation of Spatial Experience beyond Materiality,” conference proceedings Architecture & Phenomenology, Haifa: Τechnion, IIT. Also, Architectural Design & Digital Technologies 2, Thessaloniki: Pendulum, pp.71-6 (2007). Also Spatial Cognition ’06, Space Syntax and Spatial Cognition Workshop Proceedings,  Universität Bremen, Germany.

Zavoleas, Yannis. “Behind the Glass: Transforming the Ordinary to an ‘Object of Desire,’” Transparency & Architecture: Challenging the Limits, Thessaloniki: Aristotelian Univ. Publications, School of Architecture, pp.385-92 (2006).

Zavoleas, Yannis. “Integrating New Media into Spatial Perception: A Layered Structure of Representation,” Intelligent Environments ’06, vol.1, NTUA, pp.345-350 (2006).

Zavoleas, Yannis. “Fecund City-scapes: Ephemeral Structures for the Athens Olympics 2004,” Thresholds magazine, vol. 31: Ephemera, Cambridge MA: MIT Press, pp.40-3 (2006).

Zavoleas, Yannis. “Discourse of the Method of a Built Event: A Semantic Understanding of the Architectural Problem.” Special issue, Built Event Workshops, CMA, Chania, p.18-23 (2006).

Zavoleas, Yannis. “Representing, Replicating, Replacing. Dilemmas of Artistic Evaluation in the Media Age: Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain and Its Changing Artifactual and Artistic Status,” MSc Master’s Thesis, Cambridge MA: MIT academic edition (2004).

Zavoleas, Yannis. “New Media and Representation in Space,” (in Greek), special issue MediaLandDisneylandArchitektones magazine (Αρχιτέκτονες­), no.40, Athens, pp.52-55 (2003).

Zavoleas, Yannis. The City as a Field of Research and Creativity, publication of studies of NTUA for the project for Center of Mediterranean Architecture (CMA), Chania (1998).

Zavoleas,Yannis, Farantouri, Nicki. “Towards an Aesthetics of the Ugly,” (in Greek), Absence of Aesthetics / Aesthetics of Absence, Philippidis, M. ed., Athens: Futura Publications, pp.50-7 (1998).

December 25, 2011


by yannis zavoleas

Instructors: Yannis Zavoleas (coordinator), Vasilis Stroumbakos, Demetri Zisimopoulos, Vasili Patmios-Karouk, Nancy Psaraki, Natassa Kantidaki, Anna Chartofili.

Location: School of Architecture, University of Patras.

Years: 2008-10.

Theme subject: Analysis – Synthesis. Principles of architectural design with the aid of digital technologies.

Short description

The course aims at developing the ability to conceptual thinking, also to comparative research and experimentation in architectural design by exploiting the potentials of computer systems. The computer is introduced as an advanced medium that is also symbolic of the analytic operations it supports. In such, operations with the computer interfere with perception and spatial experience being understood as an aggregate of information. This introduction helps to nurture the critical framework upon which expressive processes related to presentation, representation, rendering and communication, take place.

Architectural design is about the analysis and the reformation of information invested in architectural elements, in order to create new spatial experience. In such, the dipole analysis/synthesis describes schematically two opposite processes. The computer is used as a medium and as a referent to methods first applied onto the material object, then onto its projection to image and drawing, giving emphasis to the reduction of its form and its aesthetics to the structural relationships lying low.

December 24, 2011


by yannis zavoleas

Systemic analysis as a basis for design. Preliminary diagrams.