Course Content (Syllabus)
fixes / fluxes / futures
"Sometimes it's important to find out what the city is - instead of what it was or what it should be." - Rem Koolhaas
Population of Athens: ≈10,000,000
Population of the rest of the country: 0
A city capable of accommodating us all
A Manifestation of Present Needs and Capabilities
An Anthology of Probability
At the same time:
"Singular" and "Generic"
Banal and Exotic
Designed as well as Random
Sphere and Labyrinth
White, Black and Grey
24/7 and Emergent
"Speculative" but also "As real as it gets".
Neither Utopian nor Dystopian // Only Real
AND by definition Beautiful
In the architectural design studio fixes / fluxes / futures:
-We will study existing Megacities, the discussions and proposals that have been developed for them by Architects, Geographers, Economists, Sociologists, Political Scientists etc.
-We will examine (in groups) the opportunities and challenges that emerge for Society, Economy, Education, Welfare, Work, Environment, Traffic, Nutrition, Housing, Hospitality, Infrastructure, Politics, Public Space, Identity ...
-We will design absolutely realistic but radical architectural proposals for a city of ≈10,000,000
The studio fixes / fluxes / futures aims at designing and formulating creative proposals and solutions that address multi-level problems in which architectural thinking and its ability to address complex design problems plays a primary role.
Through the use of mediums, tools, practices and methodologies, the studio aims at designing and organizing innovative proposals of spaces and infrastructures, experiences and services that radically change the way in which specific categories of users their needs, wishes and multiple behaviors associated with them, are addressed.
In the studio a specific methodology is followed that will include: different stages of research and planning, individual and team work, interdisciplinary approaches and creative tools for analysis and synthesis coming from different fields of research. The participants will work collectively in larger groups during some stages of the course and individually or in groups of two in other stages. At the end of each stage there will be presentations and discussions.
The results of the workshop will be presented in an exhibition.
Professor: Apostolos Kalfopoulos
Participation: Konstantinos Stefanidis
Input: Maria Kriara, Giannis Karabampas