Design Studio IV: Landhuggers

Design Studio at the University of Thessaly co-taught with Athanassios Economou

The fas­ci­na­tion with rules, prin­ci­ples, and sys­tems, and the ways they all inform com­po­si­tion and design is nei­ther a new thing nor a pri­vate dis­course; rules have always played a para­mount role in archi­tec­tur­al the­o­ry and prac­tice. Quite often, explic­it and artic­u­late as in sets of instruc­tions in urban codes, and oth­er times hid­den and dis­guised in habits of actions, rules dom­i­nate design process­es. Sim­ple design pref­er­ences or crit­i­cal choic­es among alter­na­tives are often based on intri­cate webs of encod­ed rules. Para­mount in this world mak­ing is the notion of rule as a con­struct that allows mul­ti­plic­i­ty of inter­pre­ta­tions, wel­comes ambi­gu­i­ty and facil­i­tates emer­gence in design understanding.

The stu­dio was struc­tured around for­mal tech­niques and meth­ods to engage vari­a­tion; all designs pro­duced were to be the out­comes of sys­tem­at­ic recur­sive com­pu­ta­tions and col­lec­tive­ly com­prised fam­i­lies of designs that shared sim­i­lar characteristics.

The func­tion­al pro­gram of the stu­dio focused on hous­ing and explored issues per­tain­ing to unit, type, vari­a­tion, and aggre­ga­tion. The for­mal pro­gram of the stu­dio project focused on low-rise court­yard struc­tures (land-hug­gers).

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