We are witnessing change and evolution in all areas of architecture and the design procedure. Available tools have facilitated full expansion of designers’ potential on form and scale and have cultivated expectations for fresh, unseen, spatial utopias. The lead to this race very much belongs to academic environments and research initiatives. ‘Spatial Investigations’ is an actively experimental design studio, at School of Architecture, in Thessaloniki. During the last five years it has been a vehicle to investigate architectural design, its capacities and its limits. Advanced design tools have allowed to model huge amounts of information, solidify flows, movements and behaviors into architectural space and rigorous narratives.
Architectural design is already very much agile and experiments are moving out of schools into the real world. Design is in a state of constant, intellectual polyvalence while claiming profound scientific validity. This agility opens up a new world of possibilities. Gradually, yet persistently, a set of profoundly advanced architectural cultures is being established, and this is conveying aspects of a new and promising paradigm for architecture. It feels the right time, though, to challenge the world of design, its advancements and experiments and re-establish missing links with nature, place, history, culture, human needs, rights and habits. It is now time to speak of nature, localities, atmospheres and particularities and coordinate local matter and environments with universal spirit.
Anastasios Tellios, Dr. Architect, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, AUTh, Greece
Anastasios Tellios studied architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Dip. Arch. AUTh) and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London (M.Arch Dist. UCL). He holds a PhD at School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (PhD AUTh) in the scientific area of architectural design and the related theories. His PhD academic research was focused in issues concerning architecture, theory and criticism, image and representation. His recent academic interests are related to advanced architectural design, spatial experimentation, innovative environments, contemporary theories and design research.
He is an active architect located in Thessaloniki, Greece. He has been involved in various projects and international competitions. His work, both theoretical and practical, as an architect and educator, has been published and exhibited in Greece and internationally. He has edited publications and monographs, including 'Synecdoches: architecture, image, spatial representation' (Epikentro, 2011) and 'Agile Design, advanced architectural cultures' (CND publications, 2014). He is lecturing in Greece and abroad and he is teaching architecture at School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.