History And Theory 7

7th Semester
Course Code: 
Compulsory Course
Teaching Hours: 

The aim of this course is to familiarize its students with the architectural culture of 19th-century Athens and its particularities through an account of its history with a special focus on a series of carefully selected and documented case-studies. Furthermore, its purpose is to cultivate student perception of 19th-century Athenian architecture as a field of contrasting forces, that is, on the one hand of sovereign state power drawn by nationalistic ideology and on the other hand of the constituents of place, site, climate, economics, and the acting agents of construction.

Art in Europe and America from 1945 until today. Artistic expressions and outstanding artists. Aesthetic and philosophical approaches to contemporary art.

The course will not be taught during the current academic year

The aesthetic approach to architecture: an investigation on the means of the architect. The perception of forms, the rules of harmony, the architecture as a communication medium, light, materials, the spirit of place and the continuity of space


The museum landscape of the wider Athens area provides abundant material for the study of ancient art in direct contact with the artworks themselves. Exploiting the knowledge gained in compulsory courses of History and Theory, we seek in this advanced course to critically approach the multiple meanings of selected works of ancient Greek and Roman art (mainly sculpture) as historical sources, means of sociopolitical action, aesthetic objects, technical achievements and museum exhibits.


This subject is an introduction to the traditions of research in design and computation. It develops an original framework for the understanding of the role of computation in design synthesis and analysis. Basic mathematical concepts such as simple automata, Turing machines, and generative grammars, are discussed and a reference to generative approaches to design (March, Alexander, Hillier, Stiny) is made. Generative grammars are explored as a tool for conceptual design, as a research topic, or as a medium of software development.

The course will not be taught during the current academic year