the course deepens on the critical review of architectural projects and develops the skills of students in collecting, analyzing and synthesizing interdisciplinary data associated with the concept of Failure in Architecture.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course approaches critically those realities of architecture whose reference and position in its teaching are deliberately avoided. Regardless of the production and promotion process, the assessment of Architecture is far from being certain and predetermined. And this because it depends on the risk of a substantial understanding and assimilation of the broader context that surrounds, defines and directs it. Under the influence of political and spatial economy, architecture can fail.
Failure as a concept is disappointing being negatively charged as an error. It’s not an option; it coexists as a possibility in a rather dialectic mode with success. For the architect, the study of failure and its reasons opens up pathways to move through cultivated -or not- design illusions, while protecting him / her from task resignation. Moreover, it feeds in a significant degree the synthetic thinking and innovative handlings of the architect when facing various failures of architecture practice. The critical investigation of the contradictions identified between the initial intention of design and the observed facts forms the main methodological insistence of this theoretical course. Students are expected to develop their own critical view of the concept and its context, approaching an emerging field that is often skillfully avoided as an Achilles Heel.
Theory of Failure, Architecture Theory, Critical Studies, Political Economy
Additional bibliography for study
Νίκος Σιδέρης, ΑΡΧΙΤΕΚΤΟΝΙΚΗ ΚΑΙ ΨΥΧΑΝΑΛΥΣΗ, 2006, FUTURA
Έφη Συγγολίτου, ΠΕΡΙΒΑΛΛΟΝΤΙΚΗ ΨΥΧΟΛΟΓΙΑ, 2009, Ελληνικά Γράμματα