Architecture’s Spatial Agencies and their Political Dimension (ARH 440) & Synergies between Visual Arts and Architecture For the Public Sphere (ARH 528):
These two elective courses expose students to critical spatial practices that comprise of collaborative structures operating across disciplines, such as architecture, visual arts and urban planning. The seminar emphasizes the architecture’s spatial agencies and the political dimension of such practices in a globalized world with increasing mobilities and contested urban territories. It concentrates on ways that architectural practices reach out to other disciplines to advocate for the public sphere. The students are exposed to relevant literature and to best practices both in Cyprus and on an international level. They are invited to redefine their relation to the public domain through such practices and their tools. The pedagogical method I have adopted is firstly that of round table exchange of ideas between students who present topics from relevant literature and secondly that of designing urban games. The latter, has become a pedagogical method that allows students to grasp complex urban processes, their project actors’ relations, issues of negotiation and conflict, means of communication, non linear project making trajectories. The “Encouraging Urbanity” Games (EU Games) have become a series of urban games with such output. Implementing some of them (EU 05 and EU 06 Games) enabled the students to grasp urban nuisances and contingencies and their role into project making. In fact, the EU Games have become a research generating material.
The two courses are either taught together or they alternate depending on the students’ enrolment.