WRT
Essay
VENICE: LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

Out of Architecture? The Exodus and a Multitude of Outcomes

Essay in: #ThisIsACo-op, catalogue of the Greek participation #ThisIsACo-op in the 15th Venice Architectural Biennale (commissioner: Association of Greek Architects). Elisavet Hasa.

Team
Elisavet Hasa
Categories
Activism, Agency, Architecture, Book Chapter, Economy, Education, Network, Policy, Social movements, Urban

It is important that we see the development of architecture through the emergence of a new community of architects within the context of the fundamental restructuring of society which is taking place at present. We are in a period of unprecedented diversity, change, and uncertainty which is characterised by a host of new approaches as well as by conventional methods. New architectural practices are devising a new role for architects, who will be the enablers in the ‘designing’ of the neighbourhood and of the city, while, at the same time, they themselves will join local and international collectivities, combining techniques of the profession with new organisational practices. This approach includes many of the practices which have made their appearance after the outbreak of the economic crisis: decentralisation instead of concentration, self-help and self-organisation instead of dependence, participatory, direct democracy in contrast with representative democracy, horizontal networking as a refusal of hierarchy, definition of long-term, instead of short-term, aims. We can already find in the city of Athens architects who are active on the basis of the new practices. In recent years, various examples are on record of the joint shaping of free spaces or buildings in Athens either as a result of claims by citizens or of collective initiatives. Architects are involved in these initiatives by their practice playing an active role in Athens issues and in responding to the new social/ economic problems and the new urban struggles. The Navarino Park in Exarcheia , the Dimosio Sima Park in Metaxourgeio, are three different categories and patterns of involvement of the architect in the new framework of the shaping of urban space.

About

Fatura Collaborative – Research & Design Practice, was founded in 2009 and is developing projects across a wide range of scales, from intimate objects and performance, to architecture, urban design and planning. We are interested in architecture as social infrastructure, in developing collective equipments, in the design of spaces of care, empathy and welfare. We design and research expanding new problematics about ecology, the domestic, everyday life and the city.

Members

ELISAVET HASA
ARCHITECT

is an architect and researcher based in London. She studied architecture in Patras, Greece, and currently is a PhD candidate at the School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London. Her research focuses on the intersections between social movements and the state apparatus, and centers around the ad-hoc infrastructures created for welfare provision during periods of crisis. She has practiced architecture in the UK and worked in the housing, healthcare, and education sectors in collaboration with public authorities and established architectural practices. Prior to London, Elisavet gained experience as an architect in Athens and Madrid.

PLATON ISSAIAS
ARCHITECT

is an architect, researcher, and educator. He studied architecture in Thessaloniki, Greece, and holds an MSc from Columbia University and a PhD from TU Delft and The City as a Project research collective. He is the director of Projective Cities MPhil programme at the Architectural Association, where he is also teaching Diploma Unit 7 with Hamed Khosravi. Previously, he has taught at the Berlage Institute (Netherlands), in the MArch Urban Design programme at the Bartlett, the RCA, Syracuse University and the University of Cyprus. His research interests explore urban design and architecture in the relation to the politics of labour, economy, law and labour struggles. He has written and lectured extensively about Greek urbanisation and the politics of urban development.

THEODOSSIS ISSAIAS
ARCHITECT

is an architect and educator, and recently joined the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art as Associate Curator. He earned his diploma of Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and an SMarchS degree from MIT. Since 2009, he has been practicing as a founding member of Fatura Collaborative, an architecture and research collective. His PhD dissertation, “Architectures of the Humanitarian Front” (Yale University), explores the nexus of humanitarian organizations and architecture and their relation to conflict, displacement and the provision of shelter.

GIANNANTONIS MOUTSATSOS
ARCHITECT

is an architect based in Lund, Sweden. He graduated in 2010 from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens and holds an MSc in Energy Efficient and Environmental Building Design from the School of Architecture of Lund University (2015). He has practiced architecture as a freelance architect in Greece and currently in Sweden (eg. Tengbom architects), where he works on a wide range of projects including small houses, larger residential complexes as well as care, educational and industrial facilities.

ALEXANDRA VOUGIA
ARCHITECT

graduated in 2007 from the School of Architecture of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She holds the MSc in Advanced Architectural Design from GSAPP, Columbia University (2008). In June 2016, she was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the Architectural Association. Her thesis dealt with the transition towards abstraction in art and architecture during the end of 19th and early 20th centuries, with an emphasis on interwar architectural modernism in Germany. Alexandra has been teaching at the AA since 2012, where she is currently a studio master in the First Year Studio of the Experimental Programme and a Programme Coordinator and Course tutor in the MArch Architecture & Urbanism (DRL) programme. She has practiced as an architect in New York and Athens.