An exposition of students’ project, organised by students.
- Title: Site Effects – 22 Proposals
- Author: Site Effects Team
- Nationality: Greek
- University / Institution : National Technical University of Athens
SITE EFFECTS – 22 PROPOSALS
eXPOSITION OF ARCHITECTURAL PROJECTS AT VISITORS CENTRE OF SNFCC
BY SENIOR STUDENTS OF NTUA SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
The exposition of student projects titled “Site Effects-22proposals” was inaugurated on October 2nd. The proposals included an investigation of the consequences of the new Opera, Library and metropolitan park designed by Renzo Piano, which is expected to play a drastic role in the rearrangements of dynamics in the built environment in the district of Faliron Delta, and the wider Athens area.
The exposition included 22 proposals by senior students of the NTUA School of Architecture, which were presented by models and visual representations. In each version, the students investigated the potential and the secrets beneath a project as big as the SNF Cultural Centre; they visualise their visions of a city seen through the prism of this project, and propose its further development in the 21st century.
The 22 proposals were born in the rooms of the Studio9.
We were given as an area of study, the blocks surrounding the new Cultural Centre of Stavros Niarchos Foundation, in the area of Kallithea. The area, also known as the neighbourhood of rebetiko(typical urban Greek folk music), is seeking its role within the new dynamics and relations that are developed due to this new project.
The architecture students were called to predict the new needs that would come about and put them forward by means of design. We were specifically asked to design and organise the urban built and unbuilt space, the circulation networks to and from the area of study, and re-organize the city blocks so that they could respond to the raised demand in residencies, as well as other uses compatible to the new situation.
After a series of visitis to the building site, for a better comprehension of its structure, function and the future consequences to the city, we moved on to an analysis of the wider urban environment of Kallithea. Eventually, the design proposals were submitted.
Last May, the teaching team informed us of the opportunity to set an exhibition in the Visitor’s centre of SNFCC,in order to promote the projects and present the reflections of the studio to a wider public. At first sight, time was too little, but fortunately the studio delivery preset requirements provided with models and printable material that was uniform and harmonic among all teams. Out of this material, we made a catalogue of the projects, a copy of which is now is in the hands of Renzo Piano himself, the architect behind the design of SNFCC, according to our information.
Starting with the given material, and knowing the exhibition space, a small team offered to collaborate voluntarily with the teaching team to set up the exhibition. The tasks were organized as following: gathering the projected material of each team, design of the exhibition spacial arrangements, promotion and communication. All of the above were procedures unknown to all of us, but was confronted as challenging and rather creative. Due to the large number of participants, the co-ordination and communication has been rather difficult, additionally due to other academic responsabilities that coincided in terms of dates. Against all difficulties, each and every one contributed to the maximum of their potential.
One organizing group was formed in order to gather all the models, register technical characteristics etc. Then, each object had its place in the space designed. At the same time we had some other exhibiting details resolved, as well as prepare print material and video projections, for a better understanding of the exhibition. Finally, we had a team promote the initiative through media. Judging from the massive response, the mission was a success.
The exhibition took place from 2-18 October and there were guided tours by the participating groups of students.
We consider it to have been a wonderful experience, beacause we managed to have our ideas communicated to the public, rather than keep them forgoten in an academic environment, and we opened a dialogue with the city.
Exposition Curating Team
general Curators: Andreas Kourkoulas, Ariadne Vozani
Collaborating Curator, Direction: Antonis Chazapis
Exhibition + Graphic Design, Communication : Anna Axaopoulou, Vaggelis Valtikos, Mariza Daouti, Aspa Skorletou
Participants: Stella Athanasiou, Niki Aligizou, Anna Axaopoulou, Eleni Vavanou-Krokide, Vaggelis Valtikos, Maria Vlachostergiou, Zisis Vomvas, Alexandos Giannikopoulos, Spiros Giotakis, Marisa Daouti, Sophia Disiou, Maria Espialidou, Ilias Zografopoulos, Ilias Theodorakis, Dimitris Karakostas, Nikos Keramianakis, Eleni Koropouli, Dionysis Koutsioumaris, Kimon Konstantarasm Nikos Lampros, Natasa Lekkou, Loizos Loisou, Maria Mela, Giannis Messas, Christos Montsenigos, Nikoleta Mougkasi, Giannis Moutevelis, Dafni Mpantouna, Filanthi Mpougatsou, Giorgos Mpougioukos, Mato Mpouki, Polixeni Mpouranta, Marina Naki, Sophia Nikolaidou, Marina Xidia, Aphroditi Panagiotopoulou, Giorgos Papadimas-Kampelis, Mirto Patsourakou, Marios Petroggonas, Iliana Polidora, Despoina Riga, Semina rouni, Aliki SIgala, Aspa Skorletou, Alexandros Spentzaris, Maria Stathi, Athina Syntichaki, Michalis Takopoulos, Christine Tzevelekou, Marilena Tzouganaki, Eriini Tricha, Katerina Tsirepa, Giorgos Fiorentinos, Eleni Chalkiadaki
Supervising Professors: Ariadne Vozani, Andreas Kourkoulas, Iphigeneia Mari, Thanos Pagonis,
Academic Assistants: Rania karatzouni, Nikos Magouliotis, Antonis Chazapis
Course Blog : http://synth09-athens-faliro.blogspot.com