3 Δεκεμβρίου 2012

COST on Urban Gardens

Urban Allotment Gardens in European Cities 
Future, Challenges and Lessons Learned 
The main objective of the Action is to create a research platform on which Allotment Gardens (AG) and their relevance for sustainable urban development in Europe will be comprehend and managed, and also their impacts from social, ecological and urban design perspectives will be studied. During the last 20 years, there can be seen both, a revival of interest in AG by urban residents especially in large cities and a simultaneous competition from other kinds of land use. The multi-character and partly contradictory nature of the AG makes it a relevant issue to be studied within different European urban contexts. Through selected case studies and in-depth research (into the areas of policy and urban development, sociology, ecology, urban design), the initiative will showcase the state-of-the-art, challenges and opportunities. The relevance and potential of AG for urban development so far has not been studied from a European perspective. The Action will contribute to a better understanding of framing conditions for policy measurements in different European countries through different outputs such as the development of a Comparative Rating System.
Management Committee  
Chair Ms Runrid FOX-KAMPER - Vice Chair Prof Simon BELL - Domain Committee Rapporteur Mr Hendrik VAN DER KAMP - Austria Dr Annette VOIGT - Ms Eva SCHWAB - Prof. Juergen BREUSTE - Belgium Dr Bruno NOTTEBOOM - Denmark Dr Ole V. PIHL - Estonia Prof Mart KULVIK - Prof Simon BELL - Ms Kadri SEMM - Dr Tarmo PIKNER - Finland Dr Ari JOKINEN - Dr Kalevi KORPELA - Dr Kalevi KORPELA - Germany Dr Pia STEFFENHAGEN - Ms Nazila KESHAVARZ - Dr Marit ROSOL - Mr Martin SONDERMANN - Greece Dr Kostas TSIAMBAOS - Ireland Dr Mary BENSON - Israel Dr Efrat EIZENBERG -  Italy Dr Wittfrida MITTERER - Latvia Dr KristNe BOLIA - Prof Sandra TREIJA - Mr Andis ZILANS - Norway Mr Johan BARSTAD - Ms Corinna Susanne CLEWING - Prof Rhys EVANS - Prof. Helena NORDH - Poland Prof Andrzej MIZGAJSKI - Dr Renata GIEDYCH - Dr Lidia PONIZY - Dr Monika LATKOWSKA - Portugal Mr Frederico MEIRELES RODRIGUES - Ms Sandra COSTA BAPTISTA - Serbia Prof Vladan DJOKIC -  Spain Dr Laura CALVET-MIR - Dr Erik GOMEZ BAGGETHUN - Prof Luis Manuel NAVAS GRACIA - Dr Jose M. DURAN ALTISENT - Sweden Dr Tim DELSHAMMAR - Switzerland Prof Matthias DRILLING - The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Prof Maridea PETROVA - United Kingdom Mr Michael HARDMAN - Mr Silvio CAPUTO - Dr Susan NOORI - Mr Russell GOOD

14 Νοεμβρίου 2012

16 Οκτωβρίου 2012

Φιλοσοφία και Αρχιτεκτονική / Ο Otto Neurath στην Αθήνα

Βάσω Κιντή και Κώστας Τσιαμπάος, «Φιλοσοφία και αρχιτεκτονική. Η περίπτωση του Otto Neurath και η σχέση του με την Ελλάδα» στο Κωνσταντόπουλος Η.-Πάγκαλος Π.-Πετρίδου, Β. (επ.), Η σημασία της φιλοσοφίας στην αρχιτεκτονική εκπαίδευση, Αθήνα: Ίδρυμα Παναγιώτη και Έφης Μιχελή, 2012, σ. 607-620.

Στο τεύχος των Τεχνικών Χρονικών με τα πρακτικά του Διεθνούς Συνεδρίου Νεωτέρας Αρχιτεκτονικής που έγινε στην Αθήνα το 1933 περιλαμβάνεται άρθρο με τίτλο «Μια πρότασις περί εφαρμογής της Βιενναίας μεθόδου συμβολισμού εις την πολεοδομίαν και την κατανομήν γηπέδων» και συγγραφέα τον J. Neurath. Το όνομα του συγγραφέα είναι λανθασμένο και εμφανίζεται έτσι τόσο στην ελληνική μετάφραση όσο και στο γαλλικό πρωτότυπο. Ο συγγραφέας είναι ο διάσημος αυστριακός φιλόσοφος της επιστήμης Otto Neurath. Το όνομά του αναγράφεται, επίσης λανθασμένα, στον Αθηναϊκό τύπο της εποχής: κ. Νάταν (Έθνος 31/7/1933), Νιουράθ (Έθνος 2/8/1933), Naurath (Εστία 31/7/1933), von Neurath (Βραδυνή 31/7/1933). Μόνον αργότερα, όταν η ελληνική ομάδα επεσήμανε προφανώς τις ανακρίβειες, αναφέρεται ως Νόϊρατ και Νόϋρατ. Το ίδιο όμως συνέβη και με πιο διάσημα ονόματα συνέδρων όπως αυτό του Le Corbusier ο οποίος αναφέρεται ως Λε Καρμπυριέ (Έθνος 31/7/1933) ή Lecorbusien (Εστία 31/7/1933). 

12 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

χάρτινα κτήρια / ΙΙ

...η αλλιώς μερικά ακόμα κτήρια-μελέτες των περασμένων χρόνων που θα μείνουν στα χαρτιά.

20 Ιουλίου 2012

ARQ 16/01


Diagramming architecture

Conditioning coasts
John Brennan

On water, landscape, and architecture
James L. Wescoat

Metabolic suburbs, or the virtue of low densities
Susannah Hagan

Conceptual diagrams in creative architectural practice: the case of Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum
Fehmi Dogan and Nancy J. Nersessian

Urban controversies and the making of the social
Albena Yaneva and Liam Heaphy

‘Vernacular’ accommodations: wordplay in contemporary-traditional architecture theory
Simon Richards

Isotype diagrams from Neurath to Doxiadis
Kostas Tsiambaos

John Voelcker: redefining his place in Team 10 and post-war British architectural culture
Suzanne Frank

Moving architecture and flattening politics: examining adaptability through a narrative of design
Robert Schmidt and Daniel Sage and Toru Eguchi and Andy Dainty

© Cambridge

15 Ιουνίου 2012


Σιλό Πειραιά. Ηλεκτρικός πίνακας ελέγχου SIEMENS.


Nicolaus Hein, "Το Σιλό σιτηρών του λιμένα Πειραιώς", Τεχνικά Χρονικά IV, 174, 15 Μαρτίου 1939, σ. 225-230.

27 Μαΐου 2012


We seem to think that Greece and Athens can hardly be saved unless we all cluster round the Acropolis. The most convenient way in which we seek to give expression to the continuity of the Greek cultural heritage is by trying to put up our buildings around the Sacred Rock and to imitate what we like to think was ancient Greek architecture. In a most primitive fashion we rally around a symbol instead of endeavoring to study this symbol, to grasp its inner meaning and to use it as a source of inspiration. The net effect of this is that we smother the Acropolis with the cement and steel structures of blocks of flats and that we attempt to build balconies in mock ancient style from concrete plaster. We then pretend that this is an ancient city and try to put a false mask on it in the name of antiquity. We must however resign ourselves to the fact that our Capital, i.e. Athens, Piraeus and the surrounding area, is a new city, newer than analogous cities in the American continent or even in Australia, the last continent to be settled. A hundred years ago the population of Athens barely numbered 50,000, while at the beginning of its modern history, when the country gained its freedom, it was just a village with no more than 4000 inhabitants [...] Even in the golden age Athens and Piraeus together with the district of Long Walls covered no more than 1/40 of the present area and their population was barely 1/10 of what it is now. The modern Capital boasts about 280,000 buildings, whilst down the ages and down to 1830 it had no more than a few hundred. In these circumstances how can we venture to speak of the Capital as being an ancient city? We should be nearer the truth if we described it as a very modern city built as compactly as possible; so much so that it has pressed hard round ancient ruins, small in area but rich in meaning, completely covering up some and threatening to stifle others in its embrace.

Constantinos A. Doxiadis, “Our Capital and its Future”, Document R-GA; 202, 1961.

16 Μαρτίου 2012


In the essay below (a longer version of which is soon to appear in ARQ), Kostas Tsiambaos (MsAAD '02), Lecturer at the NTUA School of Architecture, contemplates the proclivity to diagrams, statistics, and overstatement in Constantinos Doxiadis, Rem Koolhaas, and Le Corbusier. - JK


29 Φεβρουαρίου 2012

Peripheral Modernisms


 Peripheral Modernisms – International Conference
Venue: Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, University of London
Friday, 23 – Saturday, 24 March 2012
This International Conference reappraises critical approaches to modernist movements from European regions generally regarded as peripheral, including Eastern and Middle Europe and the Mediterranean, as well as from beyond Europe in both area-centred and comparative cross-cultural frameworks. In doing so, it aims to reassess the contributions made by these peripheral modernisms to a global aesthetic of Modernism that accounts for its geographic variety and cultural diversity.

Friday, 23 March
Registration and Coffee/Tea

Panel 1:
Local/Global Dialectics: Deborah Jaffe (Artist/Independent Scholar), ‘Bauhaus, Dessau, 1979’; Eva Branscome (Bartlett School of Architecture), ‘On an American Stage: Establishing Austria’s Industrial Link to Modernism’; Fabiola Martinez Rodriguez (Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus), ‘Seeking the Local in the Universal: The Paradoxes of Abstraction in Mexico’
Panel 2:
Hybrid Architectural Modernisms: Edward Denison (Bartlett School of Architecture), ‘Architecture in China from c1900-1949-A Case of Multiple Modernities’); Ricardo Agarez (Bartlett School of Architecture), ‘Peripheral Modernism Networking: South America, South Africa and the Maghreb in the Architecture of the Algarve, c1950’
Panel 3:
Dialectics of Minorities/Majorities: Karolina Krasuska (University of Warsaw), ‘Gendered Peripheries/Peripheral Genders: Berlin and Warsaw as Modernist Locations’; Jessica Kirzane (Columbia University), ‘A Jewish Romance: The Blending of Genres in Sholem Aleichem’s Stempenyu’; Lucia Villares (University of Cambridge), ‘Money, Agency and Topographies of the self in Graciliano Ramos’s Angústia and Infância’


Panel 4:
The Modernist I/Eye: Marketa Holtebrinck (University of Toronto), ‘Blind Eyes, Seeing Breasts: Karel Teige’s Photomontage and the Position of the Seeing One’; Daria Kostina (Ural Federal University), ‘Grigory Musatov (1889-1941) and his Modernist Route’; Rhian Atkin (University of Manchester), ‘The Peripheral Self in Portuguese Modernist Art’
Panel 5:
Architectural Modernisms: North/South, East/West: Paola Ardizzola (MusAA –Museo ArchitetturaArte), ‘Rethinking Modernism: Bruno Taut’s Contribution in Building a Nation’; Ali Mozaffari and Nigel Westbrook (University of Western Australia), ‘The Architecture of Peripheral Modernism: Negotiating Canonical Works and Daily Life Experience in Iran’; Dubravka Sekulic (Belgrade University), ‘Constructing Non-Alignment or “The Sun Never Sets for Energoprojekt”’
Panel 6:
Techno-Futurism: William Anselmi and Lise Hogan (University of Calgary), ‘Techno-Modernity – Sound Investment and Cathartic Futures’; Colin Homiski (Senate House Library, University of London), ‘Futurist Sound: Marinetti’s onomatopoeia and Russolo’s noise’; Luis Trindade (Birkbeck, University of London), ‘Filmic Metaphor: Journalism and the Banality of Futurism’

Lunch (own arrangements)

Keynote: Prof. Benita Parry (University of Warwick), 'Stylistic Irrealism as Symptom, Mediation and Critique of Peripheral Modernity'


Panel 7:
Colonial and Postcolonial Modernisms: Elaine O’Brien (California State University), Tangled Circuitry: Global Primitivism and Colonial Resistance; Ato Quayson (University of Toronto), ‘Hermeneutical Deliriums: Soyinka’s Beckett’; Marc Caplan (Johns Hopkins University), ‘Belated Beginnings: Language, Temporality, and the Accidental Critique of Modernity in Early Yiddish Comedy and Nigerian Market Literature’
Panel 8:
Peripheral Joyce: Roberta Gefter (University of Trieste), ‘“from the periphery to the metropolis”: On Joyce’s Modern Irish Peripherealities’; Morana Cale (University of Zagreb), ‘Anthropophagous I/Eye: Cyclops by Ranko Marinkovic’; Patricia Novillo-Corvalan (University of Kent), ‘Transnational Modernisms: Joyce, Borges, Bolaño, and the Art of Fiction’
Panel 9:
Transnational Networks and Magazines: Felipe Correa (University of Oxford), ‘Illustrated Magazines at the Turn of the Century in South America: The Case of Careta (Brazil) and Caras y Caretas (Argentina)’; Juliette Taylor-Batty (Leeds Trinity University College), ‘Eugene Jolas, transition, and “Intercontinental” Modernism’; Daniela La Penna (University of Reading), ‘An Empirical Understanding of How Modernist Networks Function: The Case of Leo Ferrero and Victoria Ocampo’

19.30-21.30 Conference Dinner (informal, at a local restaurant; please see registration form for further details)

Saturday 24 March
Registration and Coffee/Tea

Panel 10:
Modernism and Social Housing: Nelson Mota (Delft University of Technology), ‘An Ambivalent Modernism: Alvaro Siza and Critical Regionalism’; Sophie Hochhausl (Cornell University), ‘Grass Roots Modernism: The Austrian Settlement and Allotment Garden Association’; Adriana Massidda (University of Cambridge), ‘Modernism in Argentina and its Approach to Informal Housing’
Panel 11:
Spanish Modernism: Home and Abroad: David Callahan (University of Aveiro), ‘Arbitrating Spanish Modernism: The Absence of Contemporaneous Worlds’; Katharine Murphy (University of Exeter), Towards a Transnational Modernism in Rosa Chacel’s and Virginia Woolf’s Short Stories; Ruth Piquer (University of Cambridge), ‘Modern Classicism in Spain (1914-1939): Issues of Nationalism and Peripheral Modernism’
Panel 12:
Tradition and Modernity in the Balkans: Kostas Tsiambaos (National Technical University of Athens), ‘The Delphic Centre: Reviving an Ancient Community in Modern Greece’; Nikolas Kakkoufa (King’s College London), ‘The case of a ‘hybrid’ Greek Cosmopolitan’; Sanja Bahun (University of Essex), ‘Balkan Modernisms and the Challenge of Bidirectionality’


Panel 13:
Italian (post) Modernities: Laura Ferrarello (Atelier Manferdini, Venice CA), ‘New Vehicles for the Rise of Italian Modernism: Architects and Magazines in the Propaganda Age’; Maja Adzija (University of Zagreb), ‘Carlo Levi and the Encounter with the Other in the Italian South’; Francesco Schiavon (Royal Holloway, University of London), ‘An Uncomfortable Position: Buzzati’s Journalism and the End of Modernism’
Panel 14:
Russian Geomodernities: Andreas Kramer (Goldsmiths, University of London), ‘The Geographies of Peripheral Modernism: The Case of the Russian Avant-Garde’; James Graham (Columbia University), Designing the Multinational State: Modernism and Anachronism in the Soviet Borderlands, 1928-1939; Asiya Bulatova (University of Manchester), ‘“In Russia I Was Strong; Here I Have Begun to Weep’: Displaced Modernism of Victor Shklovsky’s Zoo, or Letters Not About Love’
Panel 15:
(Trans) Atlantic Pessoa: Pauly Ellen Bothe (University of Lisbon), ‘T. S. Eliot, Fernando Pessoa and Jose Gorostiza: Modernist Long Poems Around the World’; Lisandra Sousa (Queen Mary, University of London), ‘A “mute” Ulysses: Fernando Pessoa’s Reconceptualization of the Modern Nation’; Silvia Annavini (University of Trento), ‘Portugal and Ireland Between the World-System and the Peripheral Atlantic: James Joyce and Fernando Pessoa Mapping New Geographies of Modernism’

Lunch (own arrangements)

Keynote: Prof. Maria Irene Ramalho (University of Coimbra/University of Wisconsin-Madison), ‘What is Peripheral about Peripheral Modernisms?’


Panel 16:
Modernism and the City: Robert Davidson (University of Toronto), ‘The Hotel, Decompression & Barcelona’; Marissa Munderloh (University of St Andrews), ‘Urban Identity Constructions in German Hip Hop Culture’; Filippo Trentin (University of Warwick), ‘Modernismo Romano’
Panel 17:
Neither Centre nor Periphery: Tuscan Modernism: Luca Somigli (University of Toronto), ‘Past-loving Florence and the Temptations of Futurism: Lacerba Between Modernity and Tradition’; Paola Sica (Connecticut College), ‘The Space In-Between’: Futurism, Biculturalism, Word and Image: A Case Study’; Simona Storchi (University of Leicester), ‘Tuscan Modernism Between Centre and Periphery: Il Selvaggio in the 1920s’
Panel 18:
Regional Modernisms in the British Isles: Angharad Price (Bangor University), ‘T.H. Parry-Williams and Welsh Modernism’; Mitchell Miller and Johnny Rodger (Glasgow School of Art), ‘Manoeuvring in the Face of the Enemy: James Kelman in the City’; Karen E. Brown (University College Dublin), ‘Irish modernism: art history, literary criticism and the 1930s’

Performed Reading