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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

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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