UN-Built // (SMA)

International architecture research events
22 Vasilissis Sofias Avenue, Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens
inform = transform
WE L D: Ioanna Angelopoulou / Haris Laspas
Dimitris Panagiotopoulos
Dimitris Papalexopoulos, Athina Stavridou, Angela Kouveli, Dimitris Papadopoulos
The Byzantine and Christian Museum and SARCHA (School of ARCHitecture for All)
Summer 2008




This research investigates the placement and interconnection of micro-architectural installations in existing situations of public space. These installations are scattered throughout the city and beyond the local activity – as a generator of events, they create the possibility of interacting with the environment.

The investigation casts as a starting point the examination of the individual’s/unit’s role within the margins of a collective system established on common bases and objectives.
It is examined how meaning is attached to terms such as privacy, sociability and property in situations that are characterised by self-organisation not only in an intentional or theoretical level but mostly on a practical one.
We are referring to situations of urban environment that are susceptible of multiple readings and are characterised by a particular relation with the building – the object that organises them into a collective entity. Those realities are elusive- not discreet, transitory-not instant, arbitrary-not illegal.
The collective cohabitation is appraised focusing on the living under terms of occupation as characteristic example that functions internally self-organised and -controlled – with peculiar situations concerning the planning, the central organisation and the control.

The network of occupations in the region of Athens is recorded that are somehow interrelated and interconnected. These occupations belong in a wider Pan-Hellenic network, which is then included within a world network of spaces under occupation.

The connection of these units is realised via the internet in common briefing places, deposits of opinions, activation and (anti)-information. However, it has to be clarified that with the significance of “occupation” – that also constitutes the basic treaty of negotiation in this work – we were referring to all those abandoned and/or not abandoned spaces that for different reasons they accommodate persons with various intentions. We do not focus only on the occupations of political action, but in the significance of occupation as the intromission of a space that is not in the property of each user but covers needs of residence, socialisation, political statement or cultural action.

A reality of urban web in which similar characteristics such as arbitrariness, intromission and impermanence are found, are the scaffolds – temporary metallic structures for holding workers and materials during the erection or decoration of a building and/or repair/restoration of historical and listed buildings. Scaffolds “occupy” public or even private space, its presence is ephemeral and its ontology has various particularities. During the works, the presence of the scaffolds hides, degrades or it alters the aspect of buildings, while at the same time “trespasses” pieces of public space – pavements, outdoor courses etc., creating new spaces, galleries and passages. It is often an unnoticeable, integral part of modern cities, and constitutes a characteristic pattern of intense reconstruction.

Our attempt to interconnect two different aspects of urban occupation, will center on the investigation of information, the creation of situations with the intervention of the user, the growth of a relation of the artefact and collectiveness.

for more info on this project contact us at: weldstudio@gmail.com

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