apomechanes studio

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DESIGN STUDIO
Organised by ahylo lab
Under the auspices of the Hellenic Institute of Architecture
Studio Directors: Ezio Blasetti, Roland Snooks, Dave Pigram
Studio Tutors: Pavlos Xanthopoulos, Ioulietta Zindrou, Daniel Widrig
Coordinator: Elisavet Antapassi
Location: Athens | Greece

apomechanes is an intensive computational design studio held each summer in Athens, Greece. The studio is devoted to furthering techniques and concepts of algorithmic processes as means for design and fabrication. apomechanes brings together individuals from diverse backgrounds and fields of study to discuss, exchange and collaborate on projects that investigate modes of algorithmic and machinic processes in architectural design.

apomechanes is derived from “ἀπὸ μηχανῆς θεός” [aˈpo mɛːkʰaˈnɛːs tʰeˈos] literally “god from the machine”, which is a plot device of ancient greek drama. In numerous tragedies, the poet would gradually steer the plot/myth to an inflection point at which the natural resolution of the conflict would be very difficult if not impossible. Then, an unexpected event in the form of an intervention of a god would take place and allow for the play to continue. The term “from the machine” was established due to the fact that the god would enter the stage with the help of a “machine” – a wooden crane on which he would appear floating from above.

Participants 2009: Melite Babili, Tania Branquinho, Vasilis Charalambidis, Pavlos Fereos, Griffin Frazen, Chara Gavra, Theodoros Kanellopoulos, Catia La Grotta, Dimosthenis Lappas, Evangelos Pantazis, Elena Porcelli, Luis Quinones, Kimon Veneris, Verena Vogler, Eleftheria Xanthouli

Participants 2010: Mahdi Alibakhshian, Elisavet Antapassi, Thanasis Chochlidakis, Eftihis Efthimiou, Georgos Gkiatas, Theodoros Kittas, Fotini Kontoleon, Katerina Konstantopoulou, Sofoklis Koutsourelis, Constantinos Letymbiotis, Panagiotis Lianos, Joao Pedro Miguel, Giovanni Parodi, Stella Pieri, Anastasia Pistofidou, Chryssa Varna, Jeffrey Walker, Mirto Xenaki

Participants 2011: Alvaro Arellano, Dionysia Daskalaki, Eirini Dafni Sapka, Esteban Ochogavia, Faisal Barazi, Garifalia Arvaniti, Georgia Kotsari, Michalis Bombolis, Nikos Vlavianos, Penny Papargyropoulou, Rasheed Shallah, Yiannis Karras, Stavros Kotsirilos, Dimitrios Ntavantzis