Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Nomadiki Architektoniki

Andreas Angelidakis

Lyda lycouriotis and Thanos Pagonis

Jimi Eythimiou

Eleni Kamma

Vasilia Stylianidou

Eleni Kamma seems to be seduced by the call of the wild natural landscape whose dangerousness comes into conflict with the build protective environment of the city that elicits a feeling of suffocation of information. In the works of Kamma , this conflict reaches a climax with the “exodus” of the inhabitant to an unmapped zone and with the protective reminder of some habitation that surrounds him at his every movement

By walking, Jimmi Efthimiou marks the passage of time on the material world, and his thongs are the evidence . With a part of his personal mythology , Euthymiou separates himself form what Rimbaud called “ the well-known aesthetic good taste that was bypassed in the interior furnishings and the outside of houses ,as well as in the design of cities “
In the Apolis exhibition were included three architectural projects

Leda Lycourioti and Thanos Pagonis are referring to the community. They write

* From the film ‘Citizen Kane’ of Orson Welles.
** Gated community of 1700 inhabitants in Texas (http://www.rtis.com/reg/rosebud/.)

Rosebud is handling the combination of two different elements:
- the first refers to the esoteric desire of the individual to retain a basic core of the ‘self’ that remains unspoiled by the passage of time and the overwhelming changes of the external environment.
- the second refers to the eternal quest of architects, planners and philosophers for the creation of an ideal urban community, as expressed in the various utopian visions throughout history, whose common element is the friezing of time and the surpassing of the narrow limitations of a given social reality.
Those two elements are placed in the context of the contemporary phenomenon of ‘collective exodus’ expressed by certain social groups that choose to live outside of the conventional ‘public’ city by creating autonomous private gated communities that reproduce an idealized extemporal environment offering insulation from any potential threats and intrusions, common in urban life. This growing tension is qualitatively and structurally different from the known process of suburbanization, which is related with the dynamics of urban development. Rather it is connected with the impact of globalization processes in the fragmentation of the unified territory into several small autonomous fragments and functions with limited access, an effect that has been described as ‘splintering urbanism’.
Rosebud explores the demolition process of unified homogenous space, which has been the essence of the modernist spatial project, transferring thus the problematic of apolis, from the level of individual action to that of the emergence of a new ‘ekistic’ paradigm –in the sense that Doxiadis gave to the term- that is, a new pattern of human settlement and use of space.

Andreas Angelidakis says about his cloudhouse

The Cloud House is a building inspired by a website. On whywashesad.com Rafael Rozendaal has made a simple script where by moving your cursor around you eliminate the oncoming clouds: I was interested in this idea of controlling the weather, controlling your mood and making a home in Nature. The structure of the house is derived from the emblematic dom-ino typology, which in the post-war years in greece has become a symbol of clandestine construction and ad-hoc inhabitation.
The Greek country side is filled with these unfinished concrete frames that people started building but never had the money to finish, so they inhabit them raw, like you would set up home in a cave, under a tree.
These structures are inhabited in the same way that the internet is inhabited today: you take your ready made homepage from blogger.com and you start building on it and changing it everyday to fit your mood. When you don’t like your server anymore, you move on to the next hosting company never keeping a permanent home. The Cloud House starts off as an open concrete shell precariously balanced on stick-columns, and gradually equipped with semi-temporary mezzanines themselves balanced on tubes and staircases, a natural development and step by step habitation for the house that gradually evolves from concrete structure to home

A hymn to the Apolis ..to the places in which the citiless live.. Nomadic Architecture network writes:
The citiless are increasing in the contemporary metropolis, as more and more people are becoming landless. The people without documents, refugees, emigrants, the unemployed, the homeless, all marginal groups, ae living as exiles in the post-modern metropolis, in its gaps. These cut off environments are as disparate, unsettled and fluid as the city itself, and are created by the city and its transformations. Empty spaces in the state of rights, and more generally in the idea of belonging. In these places, which function as refuge in the city, the architectural discourse is nullified, and another discourse is produced : that of ephemeral, fluid, corporeal inhabitation. The characteristics of communal life develop during this inhabitation, and these places create another network that spreads through the heart of the city to its distant outskirts -. or more information about the whole text of nomadic architecture network www.nomadikiarchitektoniki.net (Peggy Zali, Eleni Tzirtzilaki and Anna Tsouloufi-Lagiou worked together for the realization of the installation at the “Apolis” Exhibition)