18:30 - 20:00 09 January 2013
Location: Christopher Ingold Auditorium, UCL Chemistry Building, 20 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AJ
The work of Aesopos Architecture treats contemporary Athens as a “context”. “Context” not as iconography or formal data for reproduction; but, rather, as a “landscape of intelligence”. A process of “revealing”, unearthing or rationalizing of the elements and the apparatuses that make up this landscape can inform or even determine the concept and the design of a project. In its abstraction, Athens as context becomes simultaneously local and global.
Yannis Aesopos is Chair and Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, Department of Architecture, University of Patras and a Teaching Fellow, Master of Architecture in Urban Design, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He holds a Master in Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University and a Diploma of Architecture with Honors, National Technical University of Athens. He is the Principal of Aesopos Architecture, Athens since 1997. He was Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture, Columbia University, New York and a Stanley J. Seeger Visiting Research Fellow, Princeton University. From 1992 to 1995, Aesopos worked for Bernard Tschumi Architects, New York. Since 2003 he is an Independent Expert for the “Mies van der Rohe” European Union Prize for Architecture. Aesopos has co-edited Landscapes of Modernization: Greek Architecture 1960s and 1990s (Athens, 1999) and The Contemporary (Greek) City (Athens, 2001) and is completing Diffused Athens: Networks, Consumerism and Crisis on the urban and social transformations of Post-Olympic Athens. The work of Aesopos Architecture was presented at the 13th Architecture Biennale, Venice, 2012.
Image: Aesopos Architecture, Eleonas, Athens, 2012