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SOFIA ASTERIADI

ARCHITECTURE & THE CITY


The London 2014 Serpentine Pavilion 2014 designed by Smiljan Radić

Photograph by Sofia Asteriadi


About: I’m interested in spaces, places and the ways they come about.

The ways that people move in and around them. And I draw from their

spatial relations and interactions as these affect and are affected by

shapes, links, experiences, sensory and perceptional, site-specific

attributes. The role that culture, economy and society play in defining our

cities, both from afar and within: global and regional flows inspiring largescale

interventions, to the medium and the small that translate the above

processes into everyday design, forming the thresholds where architecture

is engaged with urban life. My design aim is to integrate the basic

mechanisms of placemaking into the every time new, shaping kinds of

organizations that allow for the life-enhancing complexity to exist.

https://www.yumpu.com/user/architecture.and.city

DESIGN & BUILD PROJECTS

> URBAN BLOCK, Athens, Greece

> NBG HEADQUARTERS, Athens, Greece

> ‘CITY TOWER’ BUSINESS CENTRE, Sofia, Bulgaria

> COACH HOUSE, London, UK

> MULTI HOUSE, Athens, Greece

> FABRIC SHOWROOM, Athens, Greece

> REDISIGNING KORAI SQUARE, Athens, Greece

> ARTS CENTRE Athens, Greece

> STUDENTS ACCOMMODATION, Athens, Greece

> ‘MOGADISHU’, London, UK

RESEARCH & DESIGN

>WHITECHAPEL: THE MEDIATING STREET, London, UK

> THE CRYSTAL, SIEMENS, London, UK: Jakarta City Snapshot,

Moscow: Supporting Growth

CO - CURRICULAR

> URBAN DIG PROJECT, Athens, Greece

> SARCHA CCR, Athens & London

> MIX IT - CIAD, Cologne, Germany


Royal Academy of Arts, London

Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined - Installation by Kengo KUma Architects.

Photograph by Sofia Asteriadi, January 26, 2014


RESEARCH & DESIGN


WHITECHAPEL-THE MEDIATING STREET London, UK

LSE Cities Programme 2010-1011

Urban design, regeneration

The High Street 2012 project, launched in 2009 by key public agencies including

the London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham and Transport for London,

incorporates a six-kilometer stretch of east London high street, connecting the

City at Aldgate on its eastern threshold and extending to the Olympic Park in

Stratford.

A city street is a linear aggregation of diverse spaces, activities and people. In its

most elementary form it is a line that connects people and places, and is a series

of variegated spaces that align to compose an urban strip. The combination of

economic, social and cultural worlds associated with an urban high street

establishes the context for the project, a yearlong interdisciplinary exploration of

‘High Street 2012’ in London.

From Aldgate in the west to Stratford in the east, we traced the different qualities

of the street, shaped as it is by diverse populations, and changing physical forms.

Rejecting the simple forms of beautification strategies that treat this corridor as a

shop window for 2012, we took the areas piecemeal as a cue to look for the

different forms of urban space that the idea of a high street might manifest itself.

Publication:http://www.lse.ac.uk/LSECities/citiesProgramme/pdf/City%20Street%2

02011/Chapter%202_Whitechapel.pdf

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Residual Streets





comfort that their more intimate scale allows for. On our site we


Wentworth Road (Petticoat Lane), Osborn Street, and Fieldgate

Street.

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These secondary streets conform to a typology that seems

SITE OBSERVATIONS


Whitechapel High Street. Measuring roughly ten metres in width


support a more comfortable pedestrian environment in which

neighbourhood shops, restaurants and street markets exist as

destinations for both local residents and visitors. The tangible

sociability that exists publicly in these three secondary streets

can be contrasted to the more shuttered atmosphere along

the High Street, leading us to conclude that they all function

as the social and commercial backbones of their respective

neighbourhoods and business communities. This in turn gives

them a quality that appeals to a diverse range of visitors who are


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Petticoat Process Lane on Market day

Fieldgate Our research Street focuses on a particular section of Whitchapel

Osborn High Street Streetstretching between the City fringe in Algate and

New Road at the edge of the Royal London Hospital. It became

immediately apparent that merely focusing on the high street

frontage would be failing to grasp the full complexity of this


importance such as Brick Lane and Petticoat Lane as well as


along side streets and alleyways.

Whitechapel High Street




extend to the interiors of the many shops and markets along the








maintains primacy.

Left to right

View towards the high street

Distinctive locales beyond the high street

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CitiesPublication_Final_030611.indd 21 15/06/2011 11:06:41

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Opportunity and intensification areas as set out in the London plan 2004;

Existing transport infrastructure; Regeneration areas around Tower Hamlets

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Petticoat Lane

Fieldgate Street

Osborne Street

View towards the high street

East London Mosque at Friday prayers

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Fieldgate and Streets around corner shops: map indicating intensity of use

Concept map of distinctive locals beyond the High Street and proposed connections to the main arteries

Section: High Street and ‘local worlds’ in the background

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Spatial' analysis:! There! is! an! elaborate! street! network! beyond! the! high! street!

comprising!of!secondary!roads!and!alleys.!As!this!network!extends!on!either!side!

of!the!main!arteries,!it!becomes!a!part!of!a!larger!system.!

Within!this!network!we!identified!the!‘cracks’!–!existing!voids!between!the!built!

forms!and!inside!the!blocks,!breaking!up!their!volume!and!constituting!linkages!

from! the! High! Street! to! the! worlds! at! the! back! where! diversity! reveals! itself.!

Additionally,! they! offer! configuration! patterns! aim! !at! promoting! diversity! and!

spontaneity!as!well!as!increasing!permeability!to!concealed!spaces!beyond!the!

main!routes.!

Thirdly,! the! ‘thresholds’! or! ‘release’! spaces! are! where! the! limits! of! the! local!

worlds!are!more!clearly!observed.!The!specific!activity!engaged!in!each!pocket!is!

‘released’!in!different!directions!as!if!its!solid!color!fades!away!and!the!transition!

to! a! new! experience! is! revealed.! We! see! these! spaces! as! places! to! potentially!

pause,!meet!and!exchange.!

Top to bottom: Secondary connections beyond the High Street; Existing release spaces; Identified cracks

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A statistical analysis of our high street reveals that it is densely


from comparatively suppressed levels of economic activity

(see below). We gathered data from the fourteen Lower Super

Output Areas (LSOAs) that surrounded our site—an area with

21,172 residents totalling 137 hectares. The average density for all

fourteen LSOAs is 154.2 people per hectare; which exceeds the

Tower Hamlets average by 150% and is more than three times

that of Greater London as a whole. This level of density provides

the required intensity to support a thriving high street.

Demographically, the area is split between Asian and White

communities (accounting for 48.1% and 42.2% of the population

respectively). It is also home to a new and growing Somali


the 2001 census. The neighbourhood has a comparatively high

proportion of residents born outside the UK and the EU and

historically has served as a point of entry for immigrant groups.


locally and ethnically-owned businesses found along the high

street, which act as springboards for new arrivals to London.

As noted earlier, the area is extremely deprived, with more than

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White

Mixed

Asian

Black/African

Other

Index of Multiple

Deprivation

LSOA by Percentile

Asian

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154.2 p/ha

half of its LSOAs below the bottom tenth percentile (and several !


Levels of economic activity and self-employment—the latter of

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which is indicative of entrepreneurship—are considerably lower

in this area than in Tower Hamlets and Greater Friday London. 13:00-14:00

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kilometres of their place of work, and a quarter within two. This

Monday 16:30-17:30

suggests that interventions geared towards bolstering economic


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the local community. However, many of the ! employees and

shop owners who we interviewed during our research ! commute

from other parts of East London, Essex and Wembley. Thus ! we

sought to conceptualise our high street as a mediator of local,


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The area surrounding our high street is densely populated, ethnically


of economic activity. However, a relatively high percentage of its

population work in the immediate or near vicinity, indicating that

interventions geared towards bolstering economic vitality will have



Government databases

Our Site Tower Hamlets London

34.3%

53.8%

% Self Employed

% Economically Active

% Born Outside UK/EU

Population Density

13.9%

7.9%

5.2%

11.2%

24.3%

White

42.2%

54.1%

% < Km to Place of Work

% < 2 Km to Place of Work

7.9%

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Asian

36.0%

99.2 p/ha

3.8% 2.5%

30.9%

59.1%

% Self Employed

% Economically Active

% Born Outside UK/EU

Population Density

19.6%

6.0%

21.2%

6.9%

White

51.4%

49.3%

% < Km to Place of Work

% < 2 Km to Place of Work

6.9%

Asian

12.1%

13.6%

Spatial rhythm and amount of pedestrian traffic at different times

Comparative demographic figures at regional and urban scale

Below: Social and spatial rhythms

The diagram shows levels of pedestrian

activity during various days and times, and the


grain to large plots along the high street.

21.8%

45.6 p/ha

67.6%

% Self Employed

% Economically Active

% Born Outside UK/EU

Population Density

7.5%

15.4%

White

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% < 2 Km to Place of Work

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Interventions linking the Local Worlds at the back to Whitechapel High Street: Small projects can contribute to larger packages

of improvements which may be implemented over time. All strategies are pursued in parallel.

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Intervention1Toynbee'Street:''

The!primary!aim!of!the!

intervention!is!to!activate!a!

dead!street!by!facilitating!fixed!

and!semiC!permanent!

economic!and!social!functions.!

The!physical!modification!is!to!

make!Toynbee!Street!a!semi!

landscaped!level!surface!

(hard)!and!use!the!long!

distinctive!brick!building!to!

house!the!functions.!'

The!brick!building!will!retain!its!

external!wall!and!will!become!

a!permeable!volume!consisting!

of!solids!(functions)!and!

landscaped!voids!(patios)!that!

facilitate!social!and!sometimes!

Market!use.!The!external!level!

surface!will!penetrate!the!brick!

wall,!allowing!an!intimate!

navigation!through!the!solids!

and!voids!and!will!form!a!

discrete!aperture!to!

Commercial!Street.!Some!of!

the!volumes!(solids)!will!be!

used!as!a!forum/office!space!

that!allows!stall!owners!to!

articulate!their!needs!

collectively.!Overall!it's!an!

adaptable,!intimate!

internal/external!landscape!in!

the!background!C!a!contrast!to!

High!Street!in!the!foreground.!

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Petticoat Lane: Morphology & connections;

Designated retail blocks; Intimate background

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Tonynbee Street, location plan of proposed intervention

Toynbee Street treatment, activation of shopfronts

Commercial Street treatment, activation of shopfronts

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SIEMENS INFRASTRUCTURE AND CITIES

Global Centre of Competence Cities.

The Crystal, London, 2012-2013

Masterplanning and integrated systems strategies for world cities.

Research for informing consulting and strategic planning linking

intelligent infrastructure solutions to the economic, environmental and

social development priorities of local governments.

Evaluation of current challenges to analyze key performance indicators

for the organization of detailed implementation frameworks providing

sustainable solutions from renewable energy generation to low carbon

transport and urban infrastructure.

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8 1 4

obiler Parkturm zur temporären Verdichtung von Parkraum

MOBILE URBAN PARKING

The Crystal, Siemens, 2013

Design of a mobile construction, to accommodate high

urban density during temporary and mega-events.

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On Cities,

Infrastructure & technology

• Infrastructure is determinant of welfare,

economic activity and can support growth

• Infrastructure requires substantial longterm

investment to meet capital and

maintenance costs. A multilevel approach

is essential

• Integrating infrastructure in urban planning

is key for optimizing investment and asset

performance

• Distributed infrastructure at

neighbourhood level requires technological

innovation and integrated planning

approaches

• Small scale systems enable services to be

provided and reduce the burden on major

infrastructure systems

• Consolidating facilities and services is

essential

Limitations create possibilities: aim for a creative

integration of technology in cities

Mobiler Parkturm zur temporären Verdichtung von Parkraum

Sonntag, 28. April 13

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Sonntag, 28. April 13

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Drawings and photo of physical model

RENAULT RENAULT

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MOSCOW: Supporting growth

The Crystal, Siemens. London, 2012

Strategic framework & infrastructure plan

A strategic framework to support the near future plans of the City of

Moscow, Russia (expanding its current size to the southwest end of its

metropolitan area). The project includes technology solutions around

five urban sectors (transport, buildings, healthcare, energy & logistics)

with an urgent need of replacing or upgrading their services and

infrastructure. The strategy is built around a twofold concept,

correlating Old and New City plans, needs and potential. Central to the

approach is an energy plan based on improving efficiency and capacity

of the existing grid by planning simultaneously for optimization of

existing systems and delivery of the new infrastructure (at a rate of

20/80 in respective) so as to reduce new capex costs and balancing the

city budget between future and current needs at an economic,

environmental and social level.

Left, top to bottom:

Steps to follow for delivering the New City and creating room for growth,

focusing on transport & energy optimization

Representing Moscow’s vision of sectorial, geographical expansion and

decentralisation

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Spatial pattern

Developing a compact spatial pattern of development

i. A compact, mixed used development forms a solid footprint where growth is next to the

existing built-up areas.

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iv.

A critical mass of users (above 50p/ha) is critical to achieve economies of scale for public

transport users

Combine intensification and extension at different scales: control a trend towards a decline

of density and take advantage of new infrastructure and services to serve old and new city

Balance density: The per capita cost of most urban services increase if the density is low,

but urban services may be less economical when density rises beyond infrastructure

capacity

v. Social & economic advantages: better accessibility, social integration, decreased

commuting times, preservation of natural resources & efficient business transactions

vi.

Lower infrastructure cost: a compact pattern would increase the viability of transport, local

energy generation and distribution technologies, including smart grids and district heating

Moscow city:

population density per

district

>> Density in a city is not constant and the

average might be different from the density

on a specific area

In Moscow, population density increases in

proportion to the distance from the city centre

as opposed to most industrialized countries.

Due to the city’s planning history:

• Old industrial “belts” within the city

• Lack of land markets and land recycling

• No concept of opportunity cost in city land

use

>> In some peripheral districts of Moscow

population density is more than 100p/ha. These

places are mainly mono-functional resulting to a

fragmented spatial pattern

Moscow: Urban form and density

PoF Rio 2030-40

Moscow

population: 11,552,000

density: 4,583.07 /km 2

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London

Shanghai

density: 5,206/km 2 density: 3,600/km 2

population: 8,174,100

population: 23,019,148

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Cost Efficient Delivery

PoF Rio 2030-40

Delivering the

New City

The Old City

The Global City

• Future-proofing the

investment by creating a

system that can be upgraded

and integration with smart

grids

• Leveraging the

infrastructure for job creation

Electricity

• 80/20 Rule – targeted

investment on the grid and

substations to achieve 80%

of the benefit with 20% of the

costs

Transport

• Improvements to existing

traffic management

• Toll Roads

• Delivering, Grade A, hightech

buildings as part of the

initial

• Global Event Delivery –

Utilising temporary

infrastructure such as

‘Capacity Plus’ for airports

• Delivering high quality

healthcare to reduce capital

outflows for international

care

• Improve air quality

through improved

technologies and potentially

reduce healthcare costs

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Main diagram of the twofold concept supporting the City’s vision

General diagram of the Cost Efficient Delivery

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City snapshot

Jakarta

Population

10,188,000

2012

50%

‘Congestion’

of air pollution in Indonesia comes from

transportation fuels

37%

‘Water’

of the people living in Western

Jakarta do not have access to

a reliable main water supply

12,792,000

2025

34%

‘Health’

of the residential areas in the city are

categorized as unhealthy, according to the

2010 National Basic Health Survey

60%

‘Floods’

of the city region was affected by the city’s

most recent floods in 2007, which killed 80

people and forced more than 400,000

residents to leave their homes

$400billion

‘Natural Disasters’

per year is the average cost for lost productivity and

property damage. The figure for the 2006 Yogyakarta

earthquake was $3.5 billion, and the 2007 flooding in

Jakarta cost $879 million

Siemens CoC Cities Urban Development

Jakarta

“In Jakarta, transportation and flood control are top priorities for government

officials working to address the impacts of climate change. Sutanto Soehodho,

Jakarta’s deputy governor, told the C40 News Team that many of the city’s

poor are particularly vulnerable to catastrophic weather events like floods, and

are likely to suffer worsening economic circumstances and living conditions

as a result of climate change effects”, C40 Cities

Opportunities

Jakarta’s successful BRT system: A 12.9-km bus rapid transit corridor providing

extensive bus services to 39 million people through the city

Jakarta’s Building Supervisory Agency, is to benchmark and rate new

buildings against the Greenship rating system

The Jakarta Transportation Agency decided (in November 2012) to reduce

the capital’s gridlock problem by 40 percent by 2014 (through electronic

road pricing system and vehicle limitation and electronic road pricing (ERP)

Jakarta has set the ambitious target for planting an additional 50,000 trees

per year

C40 Cities: “The Dirty Weather Report details part of Jakarta’s solution

involving a designated Car Free Day, a program that was developed in 2007

to improve local air quality while reducing dependence on motor

vehicles.The program – which now includes one day each week – has been

so successful as to spur public support for good public transport within the

city, and has seen increasing enthusiasm for bicycles”

Challenges

Integrate adaption actions with

infrastructure development

Traffic management & congestion

charging (London example)

Mechanisms other than water pricing

policies should be used to transfer income

to disadvantaged households and

businesses

Boost its global market share in

manufacturing, create new jobs and

facilitate structural transformation (Major

micro level challenges for Indonesian

firms are high transportation and logistics

costs, difficulties in getting credit, and a

lack of transparency).

Siemens CoC Cities Urban Development

City snapshot: Parts of the report and graphic layout

JAKARTA: Infrastructure & urban resilience

The Crystal, Siemens, 2012

A brief report for the City of Jakarta, Indonesia: analyzing environmental, social and economic challenges and

defining opportunities for development, as well as offering technology solutions for anticipating successfully

and addressing natural disasters.

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NEW YORK: Urban manufacturing

The Crystal, Siemens, 2012

The United States has lost over 42,000 factories since 2001, and some 5.5 million manufacturing jobs since the

turn of the millennium. However, the last two decades, a powerful desire to make things—tangible things,

products even—has sprung to life in the border zones, grounding new fertile territory. For instance, the Brooklyn

Navy Yard, a 300-acre site on the East River, established by the U.S. Navy in 1801 is a city-owned industrial zone

containing a fascinating mix of about 240 businesses since 1966. Such opportunities are identified by the city,

which has set a goal to increase urban manufacturing within its core areas. The following approach supports the

idea by identifying the potential of urban manufacturing and relating the economic and environmental

characteristics of New York’s urban context to the realization of the vision. Proposed key factors of success:

horizontally organized industrial systems integrated into urban form, ‘tertiarisation’ of industry through the

meeting of high tech and manufacture and supporting policy initiatives.

Industry & the City

Rethinking the position of industry in the City

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Challenges

PoF Rio 2030-40

Challenges

● The mixing of industrial activities with residential is challenging and has been little explored

in practice

● Environmental problems: noise, smell, pollution, health, safety hazards and traffic. Reduction or

mitigation is fundamental to enable the mixing of industrial and residential. These can all be reduced:

either at the source (through modernised machinery and equipment) or through optimised buildings

with improved constructions, skins and filters


Low-yield activities such as most industry are increasingly priced out by other uses, even in

traditional industrial areas

● Cost of business operation: innovative solutions & the extended construction period required for

mixed use are usually more expensive than standard approaches (i.e. multistorey construction with

vertical access requires additional investment, even though it allows a site size reduction by 50% or

more)


The additional land value generated by developing upper floors, and or other benefits such as

increased retailing space will have to outweigh the short-term revenue losses

● ‘trade-off’ for potential buyers or renters: locations which mix residences with industrial

activities should provide a high quality of life with a high standard that equals or exceeds standard

residential areas

● A legal framework to prevent displacement of industrial activities: renting/affordable

housing & supporting planning framework

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Success factors

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Current and opposite page:

Parts of the final presentationintroduction

of the outline of strategy

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Museo Xul Solar, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Photograph by Sofia Asteriadi, February 25, 2015


DESIGN & BUILD PROJECTS


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URBAN BLOCK Athens, Greece

SYNTHESIS Architects. Athens, 2005-2006

Medium scale mixed use, residential & retail

The idea was to create a building that acts as an organic part of the

city life – one transplanted in its body, to enrich and enhance its

dynamic. It is an open, yet delimited extension of the city life.

The configuration grows along a coil axis responding to the

complexity of its environs and develops a dialectical relationship with

the surrounding place. This axis is the spine of the synthesis, on

which the microcosms of housing units are placed. It is a multidimensional

zone, parts of which are abstracted or replaced to

create pockets of open, semi built or built space and offer diverse

opportunities for public or private home living while encouraging the

developing of flexible relationships between people and space,

permanent residents and users.

Plot: 2,155 m 2

Built space:

Residential: 3,900 m 2

Retail: 290 m 2

Supportive facilities & parking space: 2,300 m 2

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Ground floor plan drawing

Photos of the inner patio

Photo of southeast facade

Topographic drawings analysing optical links

of the residential block to the main historical &

active sites of the city centre – site plan &

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NBG HEADQUARTERS Athens, Greece

SYNTHESIS & SPARCH Architects. Thessaloniki, 2002-2003

Mixed-use, offices & conference centre

The design aimed at establishing a relationship between the building, its

civic surroundings and its ground; the latter hosts the ancient road of

Acharniki, across the site’s longitudinal axis. Consequently, this led to a

grand interior void, negotiating interior/exterior, public/private and vertical

relationships in space. The building comprises of a basic volume, parts of

which are subtracted without concealing its basic shape. The void ‘expands’

from the moat of the ancient wall, 9 m. below, visible through the glass floor

of the 1st floor, to a height of 17 m. to the skylight on top. The ground floor

becomes an open-air museum for the history of the city. It hosts a

conference hall, office space, meeting rooms and a restaurant.

Site area: 1.453 m²/ Built area: 4,131 m², 871 m² (underground)

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‘CITY TOWER’ BUSINESS

CENTRE Sofia, Bulgaria

TERNA-GEK. Athens, 2010

Mixed-use (retail, recreation & office)

CITY TOWER Business and Shopping Center is built to

accommodate a wide range of different, flexible office

spaces adjusted to his users needs and is

complemented by a luxury shopping and recreation

area situated on its ground and first floors. The office

areas are based on in a 20-storey tower linked to an 8-

storey residential building (which has been renovated

and adapted by the new design) offering flexible, short

and/or long term accommodation. The development

also provides six levels of underground private &

public parking spaces with a capacity of 369 cars.

Built space: 55,000 m 2

Office space: 31,700 m 2

Retail & recreation: 5,300 m 2

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3d perspectives of the building and ground floor interior retail

space

Right, top to bottom:

Photo of City Tower (built)

Plan drawing of 6 th floor office space

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COACH HOUSE London, UK

Residential - Interiors

With RA Projects, London, 2012-2013

The project involves remodeling of an existing two-storey masonry

construction dwelling in north London. The rear of the upper ground floor,

which contains living room and kitchen in one space, opens out to a small

terrace that is connected to a rear garden below via a set of steel stairs. The

alteration is to remove the existing sliding folding doors and windows that

form the rear of the upper ground floor, and extend the overall space by

replacing it with new sliding folding doors that span the width of the terrace.

It also involved extensive bespoke remodeling of the interiors that include

construction of two large sliding skylights, one of which is along the wall of

the living room and the other, above the existing stairs that lead to the lower

ground floor, which prior to the alterations received no daylight.

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Top to bottom from top left:

Photo of complete project and adjacent highway

Interiors: the corridor as showroom

Experimental sketches of interiors-textures, colors,

ergonomics & views

Main elevation drawing from the interiors

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Fixed roofing detail drawing

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MULTI HOUSE Athens, Greece

Residential block in Cholargos

Synthesis Architects. Athens, 2008

Multi House is a five-storey apartment

building forming five independent

residential units with a common roof

terrace.

The design concentrates on the Greek

version of urban housing, which appeared

in the 30s - a modernist typology aimed at

accommodating rapid urban growth. After

the 80s its evolution required the

application of innovative solutions in its

architecture in response to the new

demands of the housing market.

Here, the goal was to create five totally

different types of apartments, in terms of

scale, interior and exterior configuration,

contrary to the homogeneity of the classic

typology. The new building comprises two

1-bed, two 2-bed apartments and a 3-bed

maisonette. Likewise, the typical Athenian

semi-built spaces and the balconies that

surround the visible concrete frame are

either fragmented or joined accordingly in

order to shape distinct masses and lend

the building a unique, ‘extracted’

volumetric identity.

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FABRIC SHOWROOM

Athens, Greece

Mixed used

Terna, Athens / 2010

On a small, long site, along the Athens ring

motorway and next to a toll station stands a

container like building. It is the store and

showroom of a company that imports and

sells textiles.

The view for the passing driver as well as the

one who is entering the motorway is that of a

monolithic concrete volume held high up in

the air. The lower part of the building

(ground and first floor) is punctured by large

openings that repeat themselves at regular

intervals offering to the interior, frame after

frame, a cinematic view of the speeding

vehicles. The two identical prisms “slide” on

top of each other to allow for a wedgeshaped

catwalk to be created, forming the

entrance to the building.

Inside, a long red wall separates the

showroom from store and office space. The

same concrete finish expands in the interior,

while the shelving is based on rough pine

soft wood standard sections assembled

together on site. The building is stated in

simplicity and rationality that transcends the

ephemeral of the glimpse of the drivervoyager

through its “monumental” poetic

heaviness.

Top to bottom from top left:

Photo of complete project and adjacent highway

Interiors: the corridor as showroom

Experimental sketches of interiors-textures, colors,

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Main elevation drawing

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REDISIGNING KORAI SQUARE Athens, Greece

TERNA-GEK. Athens, 2013

Urban design

A design proposal developed in the framework of the design competition “Restructuring Athens” (ongoing). It affords the revitalization of

a busy square in the city centre and suggests the connection of the ground level with the adjacent underground station by a multilayered

structure. The goal is to facilitate pedestrian flows and physical spacing/accessibility to create a public realm that is more

flexible and adaptable to different users. In terms of its societal function, it aims at enhancing users experience, the space’s perceptual

palpability and cognitive intelligibility through the use of tangible and intangible qualities (light, materials, visibility), the elimination of

barriers and the opening up of new possibilities.

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Location map and 3d perspective. The

red line signifies the limits of the central

municipality into the surrounding territory

Design proposal, illustration of the new

multilayered structure (right); plan of new

square (left)

Photos of study model

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3d visualizations of the proposed, new

space (ground and underground levels)

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ARTS CENTRE Athens, Greece

Synthesis Architects. Athens, 2009

Mixed-use medium-scale, artist’s

workshops & short-term accommodation,

performing arts & music event facilities

Status: Conceptual (Competition entry) Plot

area: 1,200 m2 Built space: 2,250 m

Clockwise from top left:

Physical model showing patio and

Internal open spaces that link three cultural

buildings, the Museum of City of Athens, the

Literary Society and the new building.

Southwest elevation & section, links to

topology & environs

Site location drawing

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STUDENT ACCOMMODATION

Athens, Greece

Synthesis Architects & Terna GEK

Athens , 2010

Residential

Status: Conceptual (Competition entry) Plot area: 1,860 m2

Built space: Residential 3,200 m2

Right, top to bottom:

3d visualizations of the proposal. Aspects of the new

building in relation to the existing blocks and design of inbetween,

public space.

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FUTURES: Mogadishu

Interactive installation design

London Festival of Architecture 2012

With RA Projects, London, UK

This is a temporary structure presenting an image and sound

installation of rare photographic material on Mogadishu’s urban

transformation in the 20 th century. Presenting the work in such a way

moves away from the familiar methods of exhibiting similar material

on tables and walls. Instead, it responds to the ‘The Playful City’ – the

theme of the 2012 London Festival of Architecture, by creating a

unique architectural environment in which material on Mogadishu as

well as other programmed educational and cultural events can be

experienced and shared.

The structure is constructed in the foyer space of the Swiss Cottage

Library – one of London’s modernist architectural icons. It uses the

space it sits in as an urban interior and creates a sensual relationship

between its interior and its surrounding library space(s), visitors and

passersby. The scale of the room and its materiality is defined by the

context it sits in and its orientation positioning is in such a way that

visitors are able to approach it from the main entrance and walk

around it to get a sense of the sounds and imagery emanating from

its interior before being ushered in.

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Swiss Cottage Library

Study model, exterior view

Sketch of study model, exterior view

Plan of installation

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Exchibition at SALT Centre, Istanbul

Photograph by Sofia Asteriadi, November 27, 2013


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URBAN DIG PROJECT Athens, Greece

DOURGOUTI ISLAND HOTEL

Community-based participatory planning

My main tasks: Sensory mapping, Digital Cartography & Exhibitions

Consultancy www.sensory.cartography

Dourgouti Island Hotel Project is a community development initiative, which

emphasizes working with the communities in an inner city neighbourhood of

Athens in order to to develop bottom-up approaches towards its revitalization.

It involves events such as local exhibitions and festivals, participatory building

through pubic games, discussions and performing arts in the public realm. In

addition, a digital archive of the neighborhood’s trends, assets and history

mapping is now being created through data collected from the areas’

inhabitants and visitors alike. It is initiated by the Artistic team ‘OxiPezoume’

(ohipezoume.gr – TEDXAthens2010 1 st Award) and is mainly funded by Hotel

Obscura (EU Programme: Culture 2014-2015: www.hotelobscura.org) .

Other partners include: The Charokopion University of Athens (Department of

Geography & Digital Visualization), The Pantion University of Athens

(Departments of Communication and Regional Development), Professor Martin

Phillips and his team from the Department Human Geography of Leicester

University, UK, and a diverse team of scientists such as historians, social

scientists, architects, local thin-tanks, and international artists or artistic

teams among others.

Info: www.dourgouti.gr citiesintransition.eu dourgouti.gr - youtube


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CARTOGRAPHY

Top to bottom: Collecting information from the communities for sensory & historical mapping, Summer-Autumn 2014

Photo of the Dourgouti area, in Neos Kosmos, Central Athens

REHERSING THE FINAL

PERFORMANCE


SARCHA (School of Architecture for All) Athens, London

CCR > City Common Resource Athens, Greece

In the CCR CityCommonResource: Athens_Gerani 2010-2012 pilot study, SARCHA team

seeks to work out a framework of ‘nome’ for the rapidly deteriorating Athens city-center.

We worked in Gerani (a neighbourhood in the city core of Athens) exploring the urban

accumulation of city resources. The data was classified in three categories - human,

physical and natural resources - and transferred onto multilayered maps to facilitate

complex searches. Our Resources Reset Proposal (ongoing) aims to recombine the

area’s building stock, human potential and manufacturing tradition with innovation to

create a small-scale production hub. To this end, we put forward the appropriate tools

for the active involvement of inhabitants and owners alike; The Polypolis game is one of

them.

Polypolis > City & Citizen: a mindset shifting board game,

London Festival of Architecture, June 23, 2012 UCL

Polypolis takes as its object the city intended as a pool of resources that are unequally

distributed among players at the start of the game. Its players explore the potential of the

‘in common’ administration of human, natural and physical resources by continually

renegotiating attachments among themselves and with the materiality of the city’s

various layers (built and un-built areas, human activities, vegetation, ventilation, and

sunlight conditions that create the area’s microclimate). The structuring of the game

discards fast track success in favor of breathless resources resetting through the

continuous re-association of players. This is an intense embodied and emotional

reflection on the current bleak city conditions in Athens and beyond.

http://www.sarcha-architecture.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/team-of-polypolisathens-in-lfalondon.html

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Ktimatologio S.A. (Hellenic Cadastre)

In the CCR CityCommonResource: Athens_Gerani2010-2012 pilot

study, SARCHA seeks to work out a framework of ‘nome’ for the

rapidly deteriorating Athens city-center.

SARCHA’s research team worked in Gerani (a neighbourhood

contained between Omonoia Square and Athinas, Euripidous,

Epikourou and Peraios streets) from July to November 2010,

exploring the urban accumulation of city resources. It collected

data on people and their activities, buildings and un-built spaces,

the area’s smells, natural ventilation and sunlight conditions. The

data was classified in three categories - human, physical and

natural resources - and transferred onto multilayered maps to

facilitate complex searches.

The 243 buildings in the (10.9 Ha) area belong to more than 3.753

private owners and present a distinct vertical differentiation of

uses: at street level there are retail shops and various services;

in the middle floors are illegal retail stock, manufacturing,

immigrant dormitories, office spaces; on top are flats and roofslums.

Drug addicts and homeless flank the street-arcades and

the well-off live behind security gates.

Our Resources Reset Proposal aims to recombine the area’s

building stock, human potential and manufacturing tradition with

innovation to create a small scale production hub. To this end,

SARCHA proposes the administration of resources ‘in common’

and puts forward the appropriate tools, such as the polypolis

social game, for the active involvement of inhabitants and owners

alike.

sarcha

school of architecture for all

Non-profit, founded 2006; An open structure of associates linked

by SARCHA’s website and activities. SARCHA is committed to

identifying issues of concern within the field of architecture

and city conditions, and to systematizing what appears to be

a loose set of questions and research orientations among its

associates and within a wide and diverse public. Its programme

has developed as yearly themes, i.e. Unbuilt (2008), POLIS 21

– Xenophobia (2009), CCR: City Common Resource (2010-2011),

Polypolis (2011-2012) Athens Travelers (2012). www.sarcha.gr

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The area of Gerani: Google map view

Mapping the area’s physical & built resources

Representing the area’s human resources

(street & typical floors level). Diagram of layers

and resources correlation

Opposite page:

Photo collage of the area’s typical building

facades and interiors

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Diagram showing the game's template,

structure and plan.

Current & opposite page:

Photos of the Polypolis game at London’s LFA,

June 23 2012, University College London

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Departments of Architectural Design & CAD, Undergraduates, year 2

Assistant in CAD Workshop & Design module (volunteering post)

The main tasks of summer semester 2015 I have been involved with (in visiting

critics and main tutorials) included an urban design and research studio

focused on revitalizing a derelict, industrial area in the city centre of Athens,

with a design brief consisting of two tasks: an individual project in a selected

site after research and a group project representing an alternative approach

to the pertinent urban morphology. I also took part in the creation and

implementation of the main digital fabrication studio by assisting in the

teaching of design software and consulting on appropriate techniques and

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physical models and drawings. Topic: Urban planning in Keramikos area in Athens.


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CIAD, Cologne Institute for Architectural Design

Fakultät für Architektur, 1013

Collagen des Mastermoduls Darstellung

Assistant in CAD Workshop (volunteering post), under the leadership of V. Prof. Dipl.-Ing.

Julian Krüger

The classic collage is a technique of fine arts in which, by composing (French ‘coller’)

various elements, a new whole is created. The main task of summer semester 2013 was

the design of two collages through the use of applicable technology media, aiming to

representing the architectural design idea while supporting each project’s conceptual

qualities and atmosphere.


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Top: Cologne, Urban design & Urban fabric - Collaborative students projects


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Imaginative Interiors - Collaborative students projects


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CIAD Cologne, Digital fabrication - CAD Workshop: Towers, April 2013.

Photos of preparation and student's final projects.


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