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December 4, 2014


by yannis zavoleas

Master’s Course, The University of Newcastle, Australia

Course Coordinator: Yannis Zavoleas


This studio aims to expand the body’s performative behaviours as these are manifested in its structure and logic, also in its relations among the parts and the metabolic functions directing its form. A found body is scrutinized through processes of analysis and then it is given new meanings through a series of transformations aiming to tie it to a new context. Analysis involves tracing literal and metaphorical meanings about the body, as these are later used as semantic tools to define architectural space and form. The list of references includes – but not limited to – behaviours associated with the body such as structure, symbiosis, prosthetics, trauma, deformation, anatomy, skin, covering/revealing, flows and actions.

Found Body Vs. Mutant Body

A found body is viewed as a weak topology whose inherent properties are rediscovered and reenacted, in so doing showing multiple potentials for rejoining with a new context. The body is an organic entity that constantly adapts to its environment for its survival. Adaptation involves dynamic exchanges between the body and its environment, expressed in the form of energy transformation and negotiation of different systems sharing the same resources. Due to adaptation, the body is constantly subject to mutation causing the emergence of new species.

The mutant body talks about systems whose overall characteristics and behaviour are addressed in relation to internal processes as well as to the environment. Systems, geometric shapes, patterns and other typological references may be viewed as dynamic entities. Mutation aids to understand the properties of architectural space as changing values that reflect upon different scenarios, described by relational rules. Properties become variants holding the body’s propensity to initiate coalitions, hybridizations and unprecedented mixtures. As with the organisms, the principles of form may be codified into a DNA-like code. Architecture’s code is set in response to multitude factors, causing structural transformations, mixed-use programs, typological variations and associations at different scales. Implementation, adaptation, local alterations due to changing conditions, all of these may be viewed as outcomes of negotiation between architectural species and their environment. An understanding of architecture as a mutant body helps to break from unnecessary preconceptions, in an attempt to reconcile between its generative causes and the final form.

February 20, 2013


by yannis zavoleas

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Organized by: School of Archtiecture, University of Patras


Yannis Zavoleas (coordinator) – University of Patras

Dimitris Zisimopoulos, Architect

Vassili Pappas – University of Patras

Vasilis Stroumpakos – University of Patras

Ioanna Symeonidou – TU Graz

DURATION: 11-15 February 2013

The objective of this workshop is to further explore the possibilities opened up by the incorporation of computation, especially of scripting in the conception of architectural space. The workshop uses the scripting platform of MEL (Maya Embedded Language), being integrated in Autodesk Maya design software. Key concepts and techniques of parametric design are being developed, as these are also compared to more conventional ones of digital representation.  Among the findings is the observation that architectural education has already embraced the digital medium in the form of a multifaceted challenge, mainly in studio research. The related experiments acknowledge the wide spectrum of approaches taking place somewhere in the borders of architectural education, also in relation to other disciplines. In respect, the presented work may be an addition to the ongoing discourse, further identifying this new field.

previous workshop: 2012 AB-USE, university of Patras and eCAADe Prague

February 15, 2013


by yannis zavoleas

Urban Block Competition.


Location: Moscow, Russia.

Year: 2010.

Credits: Yannis Zavoleas (principal, concept). Collaboration: I.Chinoporou, S.Dambassi,  A.Papadopoulou, A.Sideri.

DOMES International Review of Architecture, Awards 2013, Ranked 4th, Category ‘Best Project of the years 2010-2012.’


Iñaki Ábalos, Professor of Architecture in Residence, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.,
Alberto Ferlenga, Professor of Architecture, Università IUAV, Venice, Italy, and
Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor οf Architecture, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, Νew York, ΝΥ.

Specificity refers to the manipulation of the house unit, whereas flexibility refers to the order of the general scheme, conveyed by a system. Specificity and flexibility respond to two very different scales, the human and the block.  Pursuing the ideal house often results in a weak management of the whole, while giving priority to the block may end up putting aside issues pertaining to the small scale.

The design proposes a space of intermediate scale, an adaptor bridging the qualities of the general scheme to those of the house unit. This space adaptor brings together the neighborhood of four houses, functioning as a shared living room (marked as yellow). Another version of the space adaptor referring to a group of 4 to 6 neighborhoods forms a wider living room (orange). The total of 15 of these groups diffuses into the main yard (red), being the common living room of the total block.

February 2, 2013


by yannis zavoleas

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Rethinking the Human in Technology-Driven Architecture, Center of Mediterranean Architecture, Chania Crete, Greece, 2011.

Zavoleas, Yannis. “House-as-Machine: the Influences of Technology during early Modernism,” in Rethinking the Human in Technology-Driven Architecture. Spiridonidis, K., Voyatzaki, M., eds. Thessaloniki: EAAE/ENHSA, 2012, pp.381-93.

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December 13, 2012


by yannis zavoleas


ScalelessSeamless conference, Munster, Germany, 2012.


Zavoleas, Yannis. “Computational Experimentation and Design Research. Two Case Studies in Architectural Education,” in ScalelessSeamless. Performing a Less Fragmented Architectural Education and Practice. Spiridonidis, K., Voyatzaki, M., eds. Munster & Thessaloniki: EAAE/ENHSA, 2012, pp.265-78.

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June 10, 2012


by yannis zavoleas

Cities in Transformation. Research & Design. EAAE/ARCC, Milan, June 2012.

Zavoleas, Yannis, Tournikiotis, Panayotis. “Archetypes in-Formation. Strategies of Transition in Architecture and Urban Design,” in Cities in Transformation. Research and Design. Milan: EAAE/ARCC,  2012.

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