2004-2005 med/arch+dt
  med / archipelagos of the aegean sea

Locality's design and definition persists as an architectural objective. Yet locality is being redefined through multiple networks. These networks affect its identity and structure forcing it to evolve in time. Redefining locality allows us to re-insert it into design thought, especially into geographical contexts, where it serves only as an operational conception for theory and space design.

A changeable and transformable digital reality performs a continual virtualization of the existent. The digital does not suggests a sudden change but a constant transformation of what is already here. Locality requires critic revaluation just as it takes a new role, especially when it is being defined by a long history and today's network reality.

Artefacts, buildings, localities are redesigned to face the perspective of AmI integration. Nevertheless, the fact that an activity has a physical dimension does not mean that its boundaries are spatially defined. Activities are scale free. Networks are opposed to enclosures and activities are geographically distributed and connected rather than localized and well defined. Also, connected activities are of variable geometry and their networks are not defined once and for all. Wireless networks give the opportunity to grasp the “vagueness” of the space's status at its limits, because they give to activities the opportunity to operate in ad hoc localizations and be dispersed afterwards. Space seems continuously reactivated and its role is to support series of localizations / delocalizations. The ephemeral and the transformable acquire thus a strong position as functional requirements and not as play / liberation tools.

within this perspective,
the question of this year course is:

“Is there a “ mediterranean ” dimension to the digital implication of architecture?”

d. papalexopoulos ass.professor ntua, collaborators: a. stavridou architect - h.kalafati architect/historian