ARCH 320 Designing with Light and Shadow (2-2) 3
This elective course discusses the roles and effects of light and shadow in the creation of architectural atmospheres. Through a series of lectures and experimental exercises, the student will explore the various ways that light and shadow can be used as architectural elements to great effect of the senses and the way in which space is perceived.
ARCH 332 Place, Space and Poetics (2-2) 3
This elective course discusses architectural strategies for the intervention of existing buildings for adaptive re-use. It focuses on a phenomenological framework for understanding spatial values such as historical, sociological, psychological, artistic and cultural associations and the role of empathy in design application. The course aims to expose students to the poetics of place and space, and the embodied meaning of the elements contained within them.
ARCH 350 The Ancient and early Medieval City (2-2) 3
This course discusses the development of urbanity in the Mediterranean, central Europe and the Middle East from prehistory to the early Middle Ages/early Islamic period, focusing on ancient Greece and the Roman world. It provides a framework through a chronological survey, being linked to the cultural, political, religious, socio-economic and technological contexts and their agents. It develops the ability to read the lay-out of organically grown or planned cities/town, and to define the spatial organization of their public, religious, commercial and residential functions. The course emphasizes various aspects, such as the city as center of economy and trade, the relationship between city and countryside, the transformation from the Pagan to the Christian, and from the Christian to the Islamic city, and urban planning and design as reflection of institutional or private power. Finally, it introduces (ancient) theories of urban planning and design. The course addresses students of (interior) architecture.
ARCH 360 Structuralism (2-2) 3
This course emphasizes the relationship of culture and architecture, urban planning and construction, which must be understood as an overarching system or structure. The course equips students with design awareness and comprehensive understanding of traditional and emerging technologies in architecture and construction techniques. It forms the link between design concept and construction and provides high-level skills in projects of all types and scales and prepares students to use sophisticated and powerful information tools and techniques.
ARCH 361 Technology In-Between (2-2) 3
In this course, the students will examine art and craft work where technology plays an important role in their creation through a series of investigations and weekly group discussions of specific examples. Each student will examine and experiment with a unique (cause-effect, event-object, idea-behavior) knitted organism. Such works may be developed as installations of sound, visuals, computation, or as technological objects, membranes etc. All works should be fulfilled and supported with a critical text to evaluate and link the process with the work or product.
ARCH 440 Architecture, Urban Space and Technology in Science Fiction Film (2-2) 3
The course analyses the architectural, urban and technological mises en scène of science fiction utopias and dystopias from the 1920s to the 2000s, and of the modern and postmodern eras. At first, students are required to classify the displayed settings before assessing if these settings mirror contemporary architectural, urban and technological discourses and theories. Subsequently, the course investigates if and how specific mises en scène support specific utopian or dystopian texts. It concludes with the hypothesis that the mises en scènes of science fiction films may reveal widely, yet possibly subconsciously understandable general meanings of architecture, urbanity and technology. The course requires the screening and discussion of selected films and of related scholarly literature. It addresses students of art and design of the 3rd and 4th years. Pre-requisite: 3rd and 4th year standing.
ARCH 441 Film and Space (2-2) 3
The medium and tools of ‘film’ are important in the observation and regeneration of a work of design. This course aims to develop a critical and analytical point of view to define a context related methodology. Students are encouraged to construct interdisciplinary works of art and architecture through analytical evaluation and experimentation of ‘film space’. Students work on a self/group-initiated concepts, context and develop works of storyboards, illustration works, experimental short videos, experimental installations through which self-expression and point of view should emerge. All works should be fulfilled and supported with a critical text.
ARCH 450 Resilience (3,0) 3
This course is designed for 4th year students where the theory of resilience is introduced. Within the concept of resilience, the students will be exposed to the phenomenon of ‘city resilience’ where the vulnerabilities of urban settlements will be explored in order to develop synergy within the existing resources of cities. Consequently, the course will seek how to apply these synergies to develop an interaction of different systems to improve the resilience of cities to cope with uncertain disturbances the cities might face, i.e. man-made disasters, natural disasters, infrastructure and etc.