Infrastructures of Idleness
Architectural Design 8 Studio at the Department of Architecture, University of Patras
Professor: Panos Dragonas
Teaching Assistant: Yiannis Karras
Claire Athanasiou & Maggie Karagkouni, “Landscape Topographies”
The course explores coastal architecture in the liminal space between the hinterland and the horizon. It focuses on the contemporary human desire to create a temporary world on the last strip of land, the coast. Busy and caught up in the metropolitan crisis of concentration, the city dweller is less and less able to enjoy the embodied experience and beneficial imagination that a necessary pause can offer. Motivated by a ‘need for a sabbath’, the holiday is explored as a necessary interruption that must take place in order for urban life to continue. The design studio explores what a holiday programme can include and examines the desired infrastructure for the summer break. It examines the conditions of urbanity adopted by current holiday models and seeks to revise them. Contrary to the platitudes of overtourism, the new topography of the seaside is approached as a capable and necessary territory of escape. Through the exploration of programmes, infrastructures, networks, intermediary sites and their interrelationships, it seeks to stitch together fragmentary moments of escape, both as introspection and as a view of the world.