De-coding the possibilities of spatial asssemblages: a design methodology of topologizing architectural morphology



While the continuous flow of events seems to be a given, we still cannot either perceive or design space which is organized and has the capacity to reorganize itself in order to cope with major changes. In this framework, the research aims to establish a codefor space, as a semantic system that monitors its sociospatial metabolism while at the same time being directly connected to its material reality. In this framework, the research attempts to establish a design methodologyaiming at a generative system for architecture and the city. The material agency of this productive process is described as a bifold process which constantly informs itself, including a "convergent phase of selection"and a "divergent phase of design" (Spuybroek 2008: 189). The first one focuses on the code's organization, introducing Christopher Alexander's 253 Design Patterns (Alexander et al. 1977) as its elementary units in order to postulate on its topological structure as a network of relations between interacting, active parts. In the next phase, while theorizing the code's structure, Design Patterns are substituted by their A-signifying signs counterparts, mechanisms able to stabilize or destabilize the assemblage and thus allow for its contingency to remain immanent.

Author Biographies

Yota Passia, National Technical University of Athens_School of Architecture

Yota Passia is an architect and urban researcher, currently working on a field-based approach to map cities and monitor their sociospatial metabolism. She has received her diploma and MPhil in Architecture, at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece where she lectures. Her main teaching interest lies in courses that span the disciplines of architecture and the arts. She currently tutors in undergraduate and postgraduate design studios that focus on “research through design” methodologies. She is a co-partner at studioentropia, an architecture and research practice in Athens, Greece, since 2007. The studio has been awarded prizes in various local and international competitions. 

Panagiotis Roupas, National Technical University of Athens_School of Architecture

Panagiotis Roupas holds two professional degrees, one in Graphic Arts (2001) from the Technological Educational Institute of Athens and another in Architecture (MA, 2006) from the National Technical University of Athens. He is co-partner at studioentropia architects, since 2007. He has completed his MSc degree (2016) in NTUA, where he focused on the modulation of form through the a-signifying semiotics model. He is currently undertaking a PhD under scholarship (Special Research Funds Account) in which he is mapping form’s capacity to affect and be affected, within the context of spatial assemblages. He is a teaching associate both in NTUA’s School of Architecture undergraduate and master’s program. He is co-partner at studioentropia, an architecture and research practice in Athens, Greece, since 2007 which specializes in design and research.






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