Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

School of Architecture


by Efthymia Kasimati / Eleanna Panagoulia 

This diploma project proposes a framework for an integrated, computational design system, by the agency of inter-disciplinarity. The proposed design concept is approached through the formation of a holistically structured unit. The main objective is to demonstrate a design method that addresses a multi-disciplinary problem of context adaptation and to integrate generative synthesis mechanisms. Taking as our starting point narratives described in Kafka’s book ‘Der Bau’, the design concept further investigates the correlation between these narratives to architecture and, hence materiality and structure. In order to examine the implementation of Kafka’s system to architecture, we model a generative mechanism that is articulated by semi-autonomous subsystems. This mechanism entails a framework for a generative system that integrates circumstantial, technological, social and environmental changes. The proposed framework is driven by computational strategies to facilitate a performative bio-structure, in terms of ecology, structural effectiveness and material adaptability. The architectural object is articulated by a decision-making decentralized system, in which, under a bottom-up approach, discrete mechanisms assemble a data flow network of simultaneous procedures. In this way, the project generates modes of continuous exchanges of flows; a complex of relations between an organism and its environment.


Efthymia Kasimati  was born in Athens, in 1988. She graduated on February 2013 from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Architecture. Her projects have been presented at several architectural exhibitions, art events and conferences in Greece and abroad, as well as architectural magazines and blogs, including the Art Is Hard festival, the Dreamspace Gallery in London, the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Environments-IE13 and so on. Through the employment of digital technologies, she is interested in the investigation of form and materiality resulting from research on complex non-linear processes. In her work she is currently exploring the realm of the new ecology that emerges from the interaction between human, physical and technological apparatuses.

Eleanna Panagoulia  was born in Athens, in 1989. She graduated with honors from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Architecture, in 2013. During her undergraduate studies she participated in several architectural exhibitions in Greece and abroad, as well as several architectural projects, installations and competitions. In 2012 she participated in the architectural competition for the regeneration of the Agias Sofias axis in Thessaloniki, with the team of TTDZ Architects(Anastasios Tellios, Despoina Zavraka), which received distinction. In 2013 she was selected to participate in the 16th Biennial of Young Artists of Europe and Mediterranean in the city of Ancona, with her project titled, 'Errors Allowed'. Finally, her diploma project was accepted to be included in the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Environments - IE13 , in July 2013. Eleanna Panagoulia's personal interest focuses on digital design and computation processes implemented in architecture. Her current work is based on the research of multidisciplinary design systems that integrate generative synthesis mechanisms and further investigate the correlation between these concepts to architecture, materiality and structure.