Teaching

Teaching

Teaching

Current Fields of Design and Construction - Strategies for Urban Design
Current Fields of Design and Construction/ Strategies for Urban Design​

University: School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens

Studies: Postgraduate

Division: Architectural Design – Space – Culture

Teaching Team: D.Papalexopoulos, G.Parmenidis, N.Marda, A.Stavridou,

E.Androutsopoulou, O.Ioannou, K.Kalfa,  A.Laskarι, S.Mavrommati, E.Repouskou, A.Stamatopoulou, I.Stavroulaki, K.Theologou, O.Venetsanou

Time: 2012-2016

The course includes a series of lectures on the postgraduate ‘methodology approach’.

Lectures focus on the issue of the “infinite” which is presented in relation to network configurations. More emphasis is given on the strategic design for urban areas, in relevance to network constructions and data mining.

The transdisciplinary postgraduate course’s main research interest is complex systems’ approach.

Architecture of outdoor public spaces in urban and natural sites
Architecture of outdoor public spaces in urban and natural sites

University: School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens

Studies: Undergraduate

Semester: 8th

Teaching Team: Eirini Androutsopoulou (Lecturer 407), Paschalis Samarinis

Time: 2012

Development of design proposals for Varvakeios square, located in the historical center of Athens and directly connected with the main Athens market, the commercial area of Theatrou square and with Menandrou street.

The complex character of the square is suggestive of diverse aspects of city life:

  1. The current economic crisis which affects the dynamics of urban reconfiguration.
  2. The special character of the square in regard to its central location in the historic center of Athens. This leads to development of uses at its perimeter and in its special role on the broader network of public spaces.

The course’s intention is the exploration of design strategies when the following are taken into consideration:

  1. The specific function of the square, being the outdoor space where nearby urban activities take place i.e. Varvakeios Market
  2. The need for easy access, free movement and rest areas
  3. The decline of the urban environment and the misuse of the outdoor urban space
  4. The plan of making this outdoor public space available to the citizens
  5. The redefinition of the historic center of Athens’s character
Strategic design through elements

Students were encouraged to use a diagrammatic approach which improves their understanding of the multiple characteristics of the area constituting a strong urban identity and to incorporate those findings in their design.

Rather than proposing massive constructions, design focused on

  1. Strengthening the already existing identity of the square, including its commercial character (food retail) and eliminating characteristics leading to misuse of the urban space, such as obstacles, buildings and lack of lighting
  2. Giving the separate elements of urban design (urban furniture, materials, plantation etc) a meaningful use
A parametric approach on urban design
A parametric approach on urban design

University: School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens

Studies: Undergraduate

Semester: 9th

Type: Workshop

Tutor-Workshop coordination: Eirini Androutsopoulou

Collaborators: Anthi Verikiou, Katerina Konstantopoulou, Marios Tsiliakos

The workshop was organised for the course: Urban Design 9

Time: 2012

Urban design – Parametric design


The main concept of the workshop is that processing input data can lead to an outcome in urban design which constantly changes as the parameters which define its creation change.


Within the scope of algorithmic design, architecture enters an area of programming of the main intention of the creator of the code – architect.

The architectural intention is still present, yet it manifolds its existence via the use of algorithmic functions which allow for the inflow of multiple parameters in design.


The outcome of the workshop was impressive, due to the architectural quality it exhibited, but most importantly due to the fast implementation of the creator’s intention on the algorithmic function, presented to the students during the workshop (7-14/2012).

Horizontality, Human Scale
Horizontality, Human Scale

Universities: School of Architecture, NTUA – AA School of Architecture

Studies: Postgraduate

Division: Architectural Design – Space – Culture

Type: Workshop

Workshop Instructors: 

D.Papalexopoulos, 

G.Parmenidis, A.Stavridou,

E.Androutsopoulou, M.Barakat,  

D.Cam, E.Erdine, K.Hotta,

 A.Kallegias, T.Kanelos, A.Laskari

The workshop was organised for the course: Current Fields of Design and Construction/ Strategies for Urban Design

Time: 2012

The workshop entitled “Horizontality, Human Scale” took place as part of the postrgraduate course ‘Current Fields of Design and Construction/ Strategies for Urban Design’ of the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Program ‘Architectural Design – Space – Culture’ of the School of Architecture, NTUA.

It was as a collaboration of the NTUA and the ΑΑ, Architectural Association School of Architecture.

The latest advances in production technologies have contributed immensely to how we think of architectural space today. The ability to analyze and handle complex parameters in architectural fabrication in addition to the digital design processes has resulted in a more integrated flow between algorithmic design procedures and digital fabrication methods.

A structure which can be self-activated through motion and reaction to external stimuli in real‐time is no longer a theoretical concept but can exist through means already utilized in everyday life.

During the workshop, participants challenged conventional design approaches to break the dichotomy between the static building and the urban realm.
The proposed structures applied the concepts of motion and real‐time reaction in response to external stimuli.

They were asked to develop a “horizontal interface” susceptible to transformation. The purpose of this exercise was investigation of design solutions for a contemporary horizontal construction with use of low tech architectural tools with the goal to create highly flexible and adaptive structures. The challenge presented was design of an interactive surface for a specific location area by creation of patterned, programmed surfaces.

 The design teams used a wide range of digital fabrication systems from CNC routers to 3D printers and they were introduced to algorithms using the open source software ‘Processing’ in combination with the open source single board microcontroller ‘Arduino’.

One of the major goals of the workshop was to demonstrate continuity of the workflow between computational software and digital assembly procedures leading to physical fabrication. On that regard, a large-scale physical model – dimensions 4.5m length and 1.5m height – was created through computational design and fabricated using digital tools. This model demonstrated dynamic structural properties and allowed for transformation via human interaction.
Furthermore, participants fabricated physical models of their ideas in various scales, during the process of developing each design unit proposals. Participants had access to the NTUA lab for the fabrication of prototypes/models in various mediums and materials involving CNC techniques, such as laser cutting, milling, 3d printing, and other forms of physical outputs.

Messene-Landscape Next
Messene-Landscape Next

Universities: School of Architecture, NTUA – Sapienza University of Rome

Type: Workshop

Workshop Instructors: 

Konstantinos Moraitis, Maria Marlanti, Eirini Androutsopoulou, Achille Ipolito, Fabrizio Toppetti, Alessandra Capuano, Donatella Scatena, Sergio Camiz, Francesco Spada

Time: 2012

Group 01_The archaeological site
Tutors: Eirini Androutsopoulou, Alessandra Capuano

Students-Group 01: Panagiota Chala, Orestis Chatzistefanou, Anna Lei, Marina Leventaki, Allana Marchiori de Sena, Simona Messina, Elisania Michalopoulou, Eftychios Savvidis, Alessia Zarzani

 Ancient Messene, a place of great cultural importance, is historically connected with other historical sites such as Olympia and ancient Megalopolis, the twin city of Messene.

The main goals of the intervention were:

1.     The perceptual and physical reconfiguration of the ancient fortifications

2.     The reconnection of the archaeological site to the surrounding points of interest (Acropolis, Mavrommati vilage, new Voulkhano monastery and Andromonastiro)

3.     The reintroduction of the insulae of the Hippodamian system and

4.     The intensification of the plantation

The perceptual and physical reconfiguration of the ancient fortifications is made possible in two ways. A pedestrian path at the “double wall” of the existing fortification is re-introduced and the hypothetical as well as the actual remnants of the fortification towers are rehabilitated. These hypothetical and actual traces, along with the existing towers, are treated as nodes which are re-activated and converted to belvederes, ground and vertical signage, entrances and gates.

The re-introduction of the Hippodamian system into the archeological site is achieved with the re-introduction of the main ancient pathway, which passes through the agora and with the intensification of the plantation.

The Hippodamean grid is revealed while groups of insulae are covered with different types of vegetation, including olive trees, chestnut trees, wheat, vineyard and ficus. These form a patchwork of different typologies of vegetation, which, in addition to the reintroduction of selected ancient routes, re-establish the organized formations of the Hippodamean insulae.

The methodology adopted takes the pace of the evolution of the vegetation into consideration and presents a time-based sequence of landscape evolution over time.

New strategies for the rehabilitation of the waterfront of Thessaloniki, Greece
New strategies for the rehabilitation of the waterfront of Thessaloniki, Greece

Course: Urban Design 9

University: School of Architecture, NTUA

Studies: Undergraduate

Semester: 9th

Faculty: Mpouki Mpampalou, Giorgos Parmenidis, Ariadni Vozani

Teaching Assistants: Eirini Androutsopoulou, Gianna Stavroulaki

Time: 2012-13

As the 100-year anniversary since the accession of Thessaloniki in the Modern Greek State approached, the identity of the city and its future came into focus.

In the modern era, Thessaloniki’s identity is defined by its image of modernity, its historical traces and its unique topography but also the loss or even the silence
of its multicultural character. The city’s openness to the sea, resembling the image of ‘the flight of a butterfly’, has always been one of the most distinctive characteristics. The perception of the waterfront and the city-center buildings as a whole, due to their close proximity to the sea, is the main component of any urban planning and design attempt of the city of Thessaloniki.

The study area is located on the docks zone, on the northwest part of the city center. This area located at the very end of the marine promenade, adjacent to the center which hosts the commercial port operations now needs a new purpose, which this study is asked to investigate. How can a new identity for the site be determined which will maintain its connection with the city?


Students explored intervention strategies to determine their specific project proposals. The lecture consisted of two stages and the participants were expected to prepare two intermediate presentations.
1. Diagrammatic description of the design strategy as it was formulated focusing on the understanding and analysis of the study area
2. Design

Design strategies for cities centers of the 21th century. Istanbul
Design strategies for cities centers of the 21th century. Istanbul

Course: Urban Design 9

University: School of Architecture, NTUA

Studies: Undergraduate

Semester: 9th

Faculty: Andreas Kourkoulas, Thanos Pagonis, Ariadni Vozani

Teaching Assistants: Eirini Androutsopoulou, Io Karidi

Collaborator: Kalliopi Amigdalou

Time: 2011-12

The lesson was a collaboration of the NTUA with the Architectural School of ITU University of Instanbul and the professors Arda Inceoglou and Nurbin Paker.

The study area is located at the waterfront on both sides of Galata bridge, at Golden Horn, Istanbul. This zone separates the center of the city from the sea and has been the focus of various organizations discussions and proposals.


Istanbul’s identity was approached with respect for its history and the city growth dynamics at the time.


A main design tool proposal for the reconfiguration of city center’s identity includes residential uses, in addition to the public spaces design.

Strategies of redevelopment for the center of Athens
Strategies of redevelopment for the center of Athens

Course: Urban Design 9

University: School of Architecture, NTUA

Studies: Undergraduate

Semester: 9th

Faculty: Andreas Kourkoulas, Ariadni Vozani

Teaching Assistant: Eirini Androutsopoulou

Time: 2010-11

Social, economic and spatial decline phenomena are prominent in the center of Athens, a city center with great symbolic role both historically and in the current era.

The course assessed strategies to upgrade and redevelop the city center and evaluated its architectural design. It was done in collaboration with Lapa (laboratoire de la production de l’ architecture) of Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and the professors Harry Gugger and Götz Menzel.

A day conference took place at the Mpenaki Museum as part of the course “Athens in Crisis” from the collaborating universities EPFL and NTUA which lead to the publication of “Athens Lessons, Teaching and Research in Architecture” (Laboratoire de la production d’architecture – lapa, Institut d’Architecture, Faculté ENAC, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).

Klafthmonos Square, Architecture of outdoor public spaces in urban and natural sites
Klafthmonos Square, Architecture of outdoor public spaces in urban and natural sites

Course: Architecture of outdoor public spaces in urban and natural sites

University: School of Architecture, NTUA

Studies: Undergraduate

Semester: 8th

Faculty: Mpouki Mpampalou, Thanos Pagonis

Teaching Assistant: Eirini Androutsopoulou

Time: 2010-11

The course’s main design focus was Klafthmonos square, located in the historic center of Athens and at close proximity with important sites such as Korai street and the Athenian Trilogy, the neoclassical buildings of the National Library, the Kapodistrian University and the Academy.

Klafthmonos square has an intense public and commercial character, is the point where city axes shift and is a place with specific structure, role and uses – access and circulation, buildings’ facades and archeological sites.


The course intended to design Klafthmonos Square and to elaborate on strategies for use of the surrounding urban open space, keeping in mind the square’s unique character.

Panathinaikos stadium, Alexandras ave, Kountouriotika, Architecture of outdoor public spaces in urban and natural sites
Panathinaikos stadium, Alexandras ave, Kountouriotika,
Architecture of outdoor public spaces in urban and natural sites

University: School of Architecture, NTUA

Studies: Undergraduate

Semester: 8th

Faculty: Ioannis Terzoglou, Thanos Pagonis

Teaching Assistant: Eirini Androutsopoulou

Time: 2010-11

The objective of this course was to upgrade the urban landscape of Panathinaikos stadium, Alexandras ave and Kountouriotika area.

The study area is located at the residential neighborhood, which connects Lycabettus hill and Alexandra avenue. There is a lot of room for development and upgrade of a number of private and public empty lots located behind Panathinaikos stadium.

The study’s goal was to reconfigure the character of the area, using small-scale routes, links, rest areas, urban furniture and signage. Ultimately the intention was to increase the popularity of the area between visitors, by creating of a public space which would function as a park with cultural and recreational areas and to improve the broader natural and urban environment.

Vas.Olgas avenue, Architecture of outdoor public spaces in urban and natural sites
Vas.Olgas avenue, Architecture of outdoor public spaces in urban and natural sites

University: School of Architecture, NTUA

Studies: Undergraduate

Semester: 8th

Faculty: Ioannis Terzoglou, Thanos Pagonis

Teaching Assistant: Eirini Androutsopoulou

Time: 2009-10

Vas.Olgas avenue urban landscape and the nearby historical sites of Zappeion and Olympian Zeus (Olympion) Temple in the center of Athens is an area described as a palimpsest of history. One can find traces of life and civilization originating from the antiquity to the present time in its historic layers.

The objective of this course was to upgrade this area of great importance and create links between these fragmented points of interest. The archeological and historical areas, the open public spaces and the green spaces were highlighted and connected to one another.

To achieve Unification of the Archaeological Sites of Athens, the conversion of Vas. Olgas avenue to a pedestrian street was proposed. This included the area between Kallimarmato and Amalias avenue.  Certain alterations were also proposed for the Olympian Zeus archaeological site.

Lecture
Lecture

University: School of Architecture, NTUA

Studies: Undergraduate

Students: Giota Chala, Orestis Chatzistefanou

Supervisor: Giorgos Parmenidis

Consultant: Eirini Androutsopoulou

Time: 2010-11

Space is formed and defined by the various relations between subjects –people and objects – technique’s derivatives.

In this study, space is compared with a movie, which forms an architecture in motion and by the cognitive formations of the relations between subjects and objects.

The study is divided in three sections:

The first section clarifies the notion of subjectivity in the cinema, as well as the role and notion of the object in relation to the city. The role of the urban constructions in the production of cognitive formations is analyzed. Following the analysis of the movie making styles of three directors – Fellini, Wenders and Allen – four selected movies are presented and analyzed.

The second section discusses the significance and the meaning of the opening secance and analyzes the films’ introductions in comparison to the remaining plot.

The third section pursues the subjective analysis of the objects’ relations by composition of the cognitive formations of the heroes who stand out in these selected movies and have time and memory factors as their tools.

Diploma project
Diploma project

University: School of Architecture, NTUA

Studies: Undergraduate

Student: Monika Maragkou

Supervisors: Ariadni Vozani, Konstantinos Serraos

Consultants: Sofia Avgerinou-Kolonia, Panagiotis Touliatos, Eirini Androutsopoulou

Time: 2012-13

Kalymnos is an island with strong ties to the sea, mostly due to sponge-diving, a major source of wealth for the island during the 19th century. However, the current condition of the coastal zone does not allow for this historic relationship with the sea to exist.

The aim of this project is to redevelop a section of the port of Kalymnos’ waterfront and re-establish this relationship.

It is proposed that the city’s edge reconnects with the water and the city expands in parallel zones leading to the ocean, thus creating a variety of open-air public spaces offering views of the sea and of the main city, known as Pothia. These new public spaces revitalize the city which is in great need for such spaces.

Therefore, this diploma project achieves a dual goal, enhancement of public areas in the city and restoration of the Kalymnians’ historic relationship with the sea.

Diploma project
Diploma project

University: School of Architecture, NTUA

Studies: Undergraduate

Student: Iro Kalogeropoulou

Supervisor: Ariadni Vozani

Consultants: Panagiotis Vasilatos, Maria Markou, Eirini Androutsopoulou

Time: 2011-12

This project attempts to formulate a series of interventions on urban voids.

The projects area of interest is Aghios Panteleimon, one of Athens’ central neighborhoods, north of the city’s historical center, which lacks accessible public spaces, urban green and play areas.

The main goal is the citizens’ involvement in the public spaces shaping process.

The question on how those spaces can function in the urban fabric, especially in the most densely populated neighborhoods of Athens, led to the development of a special index and a syntax in order to organize the latter.

The key factors of this project are:
– Use of low cost materials and structures.
– Use of simple manufacturing processes and methods.

Diploma project
Diploma project

University: School of Architecture, NTUA

Studies: Undergraduate

Student: Eleni Pana

Supervisor: Panagiotis Vasilatos, Ariadni Vozani

Consultant: Eirini Androutsopoulou

Time: 2012-13

This project was developed as a response to the wish of citizens of Aliveri area to provide better training facilities for their Maritime Group of Aliveri athletes, who are currently forced to train in a harbor area near an electricity factory.

The objective of this diploma project is to design a swimming pool which will house the Maritime Group of Aliveri and will serve the local peoples’ need for sports.

The development of an indoor swimming pool at the port of the city, where the facilities of the group are already located is proposed. The site is easily accessible from the ring road and the existing pedestrian street.

The complex includes a main pool, an auxiliary pool, locker and changing rooms, a seminar room, a gym, administrative offices and a cafeteria.