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Essay (in Greek)

“What should I teach? Α life philosophy?”: that was the answer of one of 20th century’s the most influential architects’ when asked to teach the students of architecture. For the things he wished to convey Le Corbusier preferred to write a book. As happens with all great people in history, they may write their thoughts in a so-called “special audience” book but practically they unveil (as L.C. himself had foreseen) a philosophy of life. This is why these books practically refer to a broader public than the one implied by the title. What follows in the text below is a presentation, architectural theoretical analysis and essay review on one of these books.

Project for Metsovion Polytechnion of Athens - Tutor: P. Tournikiotis – Essay from personal archive, pic from the cover of older English version of the book, original version (in french) here

Research, Essay and Lecture (in Greek)

The more eyes lay on something the more public it becomes. This essay argues that architecture can affect the behavior of it's users, based on an analysis of the concept of transparency: architectural transparency (glass facades, glass skins on buildings), electronic transparency (cameras in public spaces, “Big Brother” style TV shows) and social transparency (which doors can be locked in a house, where one dries one’s underwear). The essay comes to the conclusion that architecture itself–or transparency in architecture, to be more precise- can sculpt certain social behaviors in it’s inhabitants. Lecture in Architecture School of N.T.U. Athens.

Project for Metsovion Polytechnion of Athens - Tutor: P. Tournikiotis - text from personal archive, pic from Luis Buñuel 's film "Un Chien Andalu" (1929)

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Research and Essay (in Greek)

Research and Architectural Theory Essay on the Berlin Wall.

Project for Metsovion Polytechnion of Athens - Tutor: P. Tournikiotis – text from personal archive, photo from Deutsches Historisches Museum