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).Design Studio IV: Landhuggers
Various studios of the Master program at the TU Vienna
Seminar co-taught with Richard Schaffranek or Robert Thum
With the emergence of ever more sophisticated digital design tools and new digital construction methods architects are in need of a different design methodology. An overview of algorithmic design theory is given and various algorithmic methods such as cellular automata, swarms, population thinking, affordance and production systems are introduced by example. The development of generative algorithms is practiced. The course gives an introduction to end user scripting and students are encouraged to continue learning self-dependently. Manual or automated algorithmic operations are expected for the seminars’ projects.Architectural Algorithms
Studio in Building Theory and Design
3rd Semester Design Studio
The Studio in Building Theory trains methods to analyse and develop functional programs for specific building typologies and trains design competence.
Building Theory is not regarded as a encyclopaedia of norms and regulations, instead it is practised as a progressive knowhow-base for programmatic innovations and new design methods.
CAD and Planning Methods
Elective class co-taught with Philipp Seifried or Athanassios Economou
Shape grammars, a powerful formal system for the description and generation of designs will be presented in detail. Shape grammars have been developed to generate a variety of architectural languages including Palladian Villas, Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Houses, Queen Ann houses, Christopher Wren churches, Giuseppe Terragni apartments, Alvaro Siza housing schemes, and many others. And still other grammars have been developed to generate designs from scratch. This class will discuss the foundations of shape grammar formalism and it will provide a generous overview of the history and logic of several of its applications in design research. The course is structured around a shape grammar workshop Prof. Economou (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA) will hold daily from the 17th to the 20th of May. Leading up to this event a number of classes introducing the students to the theory of grammars are given (Tuesdays 3pm to 6pm). Each student is expected to work on an individual project due at the end of the semester.CAD and Planning Methods
Prototypes and Simulation
Studio in Spatial and Sustainable Design
2nd Semester Design Studio
Course Content By means of a small and manageable exercise, the student will prepare a design project. The topical focus varies from year to year. The program is structured into 4 phases, each characterized by the completion and submission of smaller exercises, and is intended to guide the student from the initial idea, on through to the material sampling and submission of a concept, and subsequently to a final project realized in construction materials (wood, steel, concrete, glass, clay, ). Each tutorial group will discuss methods of design and presentation, modes of working, incorporation and implementation of materials and colors, use of natural and artificial lighting, and also the constructive means for realizing a design. The course s goal is to incorporate these topics of discussion into the student s work. Students will have the opportunity to review their thoughts on the design with tutors on an individual basis. Students are expected and required to actively take part in general discussions. Particular emphasis will be placed on spatial thinking and design, also on the use of working models in design development.