TH01 INSTITUTION Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Architecture
(Re)Searching the Other
TEACHING STAFF

Dr. Constantin Spiridonidis

SUBJECT AREA Design Theory NUMBER OF ECTS CREDITS É CREDIT ECTS=
25 hours of student’s work
3 ECTS
RELATED TO OTHER MODULES     PER WEEK PER SEMESTER
ON LINE LECTURES 8 ONLINE HOURS 1 8
ON LINE TUTORIALS Max 3 per student HOURS OF PERSONAL WORK 6.5 65
OTHER FORMS OF CONTACT e-mail, Skype TOTAL 7.5 73
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS 8 MAIN SELECTION CRITERIA  
DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTENTS OF THE MODULE

Architecture and the City are perpetually dependent upon the Other. The Other is the permanent reference point of any intervention on urban and architectural space; the source of inspiration of the architect, the energy of the project, its primary material, its intellectual motivation, its main objective. The Other is the desire, the utopia or the heterotopia, the expectation, the wish, the hope but at the same time the rule, the order, the principle, the law, the ‘arche’ and sometimes the model, the standard, the ‘prototype’, the image, the archetype.

In the same time the city itself is the ‘mother’ of the other. Its resistance to changes, its conflicting nature, its internal contradictions, its passive inflexibility, its rigid materiality, its uninspired inclination to the power become the threads which weave the Other as the object of desire; fascinating but in the same time frustrating; attractive but remote, intriguing but unattainable.  

The history of the City and its architecture goes in parallel and in interdependence with the history of the Other. Both socially and culturally constructed create an inseparable complex of two different substances impossible to understand the one without understanding the other.

But what is the Other made of? What is its substance? The Other consists of values and their virtual formal aspects. It is structured by ‘arches’ it has its own intellectual tectonic, its Archi-Tecture. Those values represent a particular vision of the world and mainly a particular conception about the human being and a particular aspect of the City in the framework of the above vision. This is why the city has always a human figure as a distant prototype, loved and admired for its beauty (classic period), for its functional perfection (modern movement), for its social differentiation (early seventies), for its cultural identity (post modern), for its biological particular encoding (digital era).

The course proposes the “other” as a vehicle to (re)search architecture, that is to say to get a deeper insight to the act of creating architecture as spatial manifestation of our cultural life. The course will be concentrated on the changes happened in architectural creation, thinking and materiality during the last fifty years and more specifically to the changes of the value system underlined the act of creating architecture.
 EXPECTED COMPETENCES AS LEARNING  OUTCOMES TEACHING METHODS EVALUATION METHODS
  1. Awareness of the ongoing nature of architectural research and debate
  2. Ability to define research topics which will contribute to knowledge and debate within architecture
  3. Ability to formulate research questions
  4. Ability to identify and use paradigms, theories concepts and methods of enquiry appropriate to the discipline and the topic of enquiry
  5. Ability to communicate appropriately in written, oral and graphic forms
  6. Ability to collect and integrate several lines of evidence to formulate and test hypotheses
  7. Ability to evaluate evidence and draw appropriate conclusions

Presentations / lectures
Tutorials / critics

 

Academic quality of the essay and adequate understanding of the module’s contents

 

 DELIVERABLES OF THE MODULE

Essay based upon a theme related to the topics of the course. The essay will be of approximately 5000 words.  Each student will propose an essay topic which will be developed after the agreement of the teacher.

 OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THE MODULE