Archive for ‘WORKSHOPS’

December 14, 2016


by yannis zavoleas

Partners: University of New South Wales CoDe Society, University of New South Wales Biomedical Engineering, The University of Newcastle School of Architecture, Reef Design Lab, World Harbour Project, Macquarie University Biological Sciences

Concept: Yannis Zavoleas, Hank Haeusler, Andre Pereira, Beth Strain, Rebekah Araulo

Design: Yannis Zavoleas

Other contributors: Eliot Rosenberg, David Lennon, Alex Goad, Melanie Bishop, Vivian Cumbo, Maria Vozzo, James Gardiner


Is it possible to design shelters where clams and other seashell organisms may feel more “at home,” as they will be protected, breed and thrive?

Sydney harbour has remarkable biodiversity, being one of the world’s healthiest ecosystems. Many of the species that live underwater are filter feeders, whose primary contribution in sustaining environmental balance is to clean the water by removing excess nutrients and pollutants. Due to increasing human population, pollution and climate change, the ocean is becoming a stressful environment for seashell organisms who live on rocky reef habitats. If those systems are continuously subjected to numerous stresses especially those related to human action, the strain is too much to endure and so they will perish.

The purpose of this workshop is first to study the conditions allowing reefs as marine ecosystems to survive; then, to design alternative shelters for the related species that will provide enough protection for them in order to breed and to thrive. Various digital and analogue tools used for dynamic simulation are employed to test reef structures as multi-agent systems with dynamic characteristics. Those systems are extremely versatile, agile and vital in maintaining environmental balance, meanwhile being very fragile, sensitive and threatened under the existing conditions. Key parameters influencing the viability of clam colonies are examined, leading to design propositions and prototypes about shelter units making compound reef structures. This study aims to reinforce the idea that applying dynamic simulation techniques is suitable for a wide range of design scenarios including our human settlements and the broader environment we live in.


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

March 17, 2012


by yannis zavoleas

Conditions and Limits of the Metaphor

History & Critical Thinking, Post-Graduate Program

Theory workshop with Yannis Zavoleas | 13-15 March, 2012

1st session: Tuesday March 13. Theme: The Machine Metaphor

2nd session: Thursday March 15. Theme: Machine/Network Compound Model

Invited by Marina Lathouri, director of MA History & Critical Thinking program at Architectural Association, London

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February 6, 2012

code AB-USE | PATRAS | 2012

by yannis zavoleas


Organized by: School of Architecture, University of Patras


Yannis Zavoleas – University of Patras

Demetri Zisimopoulos, Architect

Vassili Pappas – University of Patras

Vassili Stroumpakos – University of Patras

Ioanna Symeonidou – TU Graz

Duration: 20-24 February 2012

Nowadays it has become common that the digital medium does not merely define a vague research area, but a powerful tool of action, fully incorporated into architectural design practices. It is important to consider, however, that the “physical” properties of a medium – including the digital one – affect decisively the approaches and the results of design; additionally, that the modes of implementation about a medium often exceed its nominative properties. The medium gives form to creative thinking and acting, therefore it is necessary to scrutinize upon its qualities, in close relation to the ways it interferes with the design process.

The workshops responds to the above challenge. Its goal is to integrate parametric methods in architectural design. The scripting language MEL is introduced, developed on the platform set by MAYA design software. The basics of parametric design, the use of algorithms and the related techniques are presented following an intensive experimenting approach. Moreover, the parametric design methods are compared to digital model development. The processes, the material and the findings of the workshop will be used as the foundation of the related research area and the classes of the school curriculum. The workshop is intensive and it lasts for five (5) days, from morning to evening. Due to its specialized character, it is necessary that the participants follow actively every session. After a series of initial implementations on scripting techniques, they will work in small groups, as they will focus on design research directions they will specify. Familiarity with the GUI and the general capabilities of MAYA is desired.

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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