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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.