Posts tagged ‘zavoleas’

February 8, 2012


by yannis zavoleas


Thursday, February 09, 14:00 – 17:00

Wooden Amphitheater | School of Architecture | University of Patras

Short Description

Structural adaptations of the organic in architectural design. The notion of the organic is approached in various ways, for example in response to the relationship between building and landscape (urban – natural), also among the the elements making up the whole and the parameters of the program. Architectural design is approached as a multi-faceted problem, being rephrased to its resolution.

The studio proposes the following studio themes:

Artificial/Natural Landscape, Aguia

Paris Market Lab  (competition)

Rooftops-Why Not?  (competition)

CoWorking Building  (competition)

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 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.