Fixations & Variations

10 09 2008

Post emergency reponsive city investigation


In an era of more and more frequent occurring natural disasters, wars and catastrophes like the latest tragedy in Mianmar, architects have to respond by reinterpreting spaces for this kind of emergency. A research for a kind of  emergent space able to adapt in different sort of emergencies, places and responding to different needs of people will be attempted, after a small investigation of existing and old types of simple dwellings.

Based on the concept of a simple dwelling unit , two references of vernacular architecture were selected and studied, two simple and basic forms -types of housing:  a) a one – space house, example : the house of Ikaria, Greece and b) the patio house , example: the Siheyuan , Chinese traditional Architecture.  

The interesting social and spatial conditions that these basic example houses are producing, constituted the base to derive the  rules of a system for an emergency dwelling distribution. This thesis projects aims to respond in a second face after an emergency situation , where a kind of  “temporary” city needs to build in really quick terms. Such settlements often tend to be permanent without having been studied as such and the results in many problems for the inhabitants. The project aims to be proactive for these kind of situations. 

The study comprised of studying all possible variations of a simple patio house,  then based on the rules deriving from the two case studies, a study of possible combinations of these variations.  These combinations created different spatial and social conditions, in terms of private and public spaces, full and void parts and circulation. After classifying and categorizing the results, different family types of modules were selected .  

The final result is a system that can produce a city master plan depending on some parameters taken from the exterior location – such as basic transportation nodes that need to be connected, the need or not of open spaces, the orientation. After knowing these parameters, the adequate modules are being selected and positioned and a cityplan is created.


Water Shower Device

10 09 2008


During a one week-condensed workshop that was leaded by Sabine Müller and Andreas Quednau (SMAQ)  dealing with different scales , we developed a project using only transparent water pipes . It is a complex system combining a warm water and a cold water network, knitted together that gives as final result a prototype cooling shower device!


Ismini Koronidi

Giorgos Machairas

Dorota Kabala

Krystian Kwiecinski

Parametric Shield

9 09 2008

project of The Parametric Seminar, Iaac 2007

Focus on the alternative possibilities that emerge from parametrics and associativity with the use of associative parametric CAD-CAM environments, like Topsolid 7.   The design was achieved through an interactive design process, because changes can be made at any moment,  and the consequent adjustments are simultaneously propagated through all other associated files. During the seminar, we designed a customizable shield that would be unique depending on the body of the person.  The development of a shield comes from the idea of ap-plying different measurements to a surface. We came up with the idea of a shield from the combination of our mea-surements: First the distance between the shoulders and the waist of the user would give us the diameter he needs to protect himself. Secondary, the idea was based on the ancient Greek saying ” Ή τάν ή Επί τς, reffering on a spartan custom that before the males would go off to war, their wives would present them with their shield and say: “With this, or upon this” .This means that Spartans could only return to Sparta in one of two ways: victorious or dead carried on their sheild .If a Spartan warrior were to return to Sparta alive and without his shield, it was assumed that he threw his shield at the enemy in an effort to flee, an act punishable by death or banishment. This legend giving the hint that the shield could apply to one’s whole skin area, as if you were able to unfold the skin and follow any surface. In this way we were able to link both measurements. This surface just as the skin, had to be developed through a series of planes which could adapt to any curvature, and allow it to breath.

Check Video of the proccess HERE.

design: Ismini Koronidi

Rodrigo Avila

Check also Rodrigo s pictures about the project Here.

Greek competition

9 09 2008

by Giorgos Machairas- Ismini Koronidi-Gogo Voudouri-Maria Eftychi

Proposal for competition of “D. Areopagitou 2008: reformation of the rear views of historic buildings at 17 and 19, D. Areopagitou Street”.

Bring to front [final thesis]

9 09 2008

Technologies aimed at increasing resource use efficiency are not likely to solve environmental problems by themselves. Ultimately, changes in attitude and lifestyle are essential to reducing resource use and bringing about a more sustainable relationship between humans and the rest of the natural environment. Unsustainable relationships between people and the environment are at least partially attributable to ignorance and alienation between humans and the resource flows on which our cultures depend. The feedback technology described is distinct from many other “green” building technologies in that it is specifically designed to break down this alienation by making people more 

aware of the resource flows that support their daily activities. 

Through a web-based technology that renders the enviromental performance of building visible, engaging and easily interpretable in real time. It enables occupants to directly experience , learn from and respond to the ecological consequences of decisions made in houses. The system gives real-time weather data and daily forecasts to help occupants predict consumption into the future and maybe plan ahead to take advantage opportunities to consume less. 

The research examines the consumption of water in a house and the diversity between different regions. Also proposes a parametrical structure that can be optimized by the average rainfall of a region, the number of the occupants and the consumption of the water. The structure is a rain harvesting system that collects and distributes the water to the system of radiant tubes that spreads the heat energy from the sun over the facade and floors of the structure. An added bonus is that the system can be used to pipe cool water through the surface in the hot months of the summer thus cooling the building radiantly. 

_the structure of the system

Render view

parametric pavilion [design + fabrication]

9 09 2008

The project is a group work of 20 people, Working in five sub-groups. The presentation of the project included three panels and a video. The first panel included a diagrammatic overview of the project’s process in time, following the work of each one of the 5 work groups and emphasizing on important moments of meetings, decisions or overlapping pieces of work. The second one gave a different aspect of this process in time by demonstrating mostly the side of human interaction and collaboration. The third one was dedicated to the final project, with combined information on the parametric nature of it and images of the fabrication process as well as the dome itself.

Construction face

Find HERE the video of the whole proccess.

parametric house

9 09 2008

We investigated the impact of digital technologies for the production of architecture, with a particular focus on the integrated use of parametric design tools and digital fabrication equipment. We designed a parametric – house focusing on the volume of the house, depending on the square meters that could be built depending on different parameters. It is a research of a model that can change height and inclination, keeping always the same sq. meters that can be built , opening  a discourse on economical and other issues . The same model can be applied in different scales, from a city to a single brick that always uses the same amount of material taking different configurations.

by Ismini Koronidi, Giorgos Machairas, Maria Eftychi