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Olympia Katsarou

Glasgow, United Kingdom
Olympia Katsarou is an architect and spatial designer. She has graduated with a Masters in Architecture from the Mackintosh School of Architecture. She has worked as an architectural assistant for major cultural institutions and has been in the curatorial team for the cross disciplinary exhibition Last Futures. Her research is based on utopian visions of the architecture of absurdity and radical ideas of futures to come.

Performing a language for the messy reality of the everyday world.


If you can't draw it, perform it.

Performing a language for the messy reality of the everyday world.


If you can't draw it, perform it.
What is the future of the architectural language of narration?
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This research examines the use of performance, as an intuitive creative process deploying meaning and formulating a different architectural language. Specific focus was given in the ways with which interpretations of reality have been represented in the context of the late 20th early 21st century, amongst literature, mass media, design and how the distancing of experience from the observer, can be used as a tool of intensifying meaning. This derived from a need to reframe the future of the use of narrative, challenging the limitations or inadequacies of the established mediums of representation. The methodology of this project followed a progression from an analytical theoretical review to the physical experimentation of performance. This progression aimed to generate insights on the overall reading of real "messy" events that form the everyday or banal and their interpretation into a performed architectural experience surrounded by a naturalistic setting.


Comparing the theoretical framework to the physical manifestation of an "emerging" language of performance.

Research publication and installation as exhibited for the Exhibition "Last Futures" at Tramway, Glasgow.

Performing a language for the messy reality of the everyday world.


If you can't draw it, perform it.

Performing a language for the messy reality of the everyday world.


If you can't draw it, perform it.
What is the future of the architectural language of narration?
File under
Type of project
  • New areas of operation

This research examines the use of performance, as an intuitive creative process deploying meaning and formulating a different architectural language. Specific focus was given in the ways with which interpretations of reality have been represented in the context of the late 20th early 21st century, amongst literature, mass media, design and how the distancing of experience from the observer, can be used as a tool of intensifying meaning. This derived from a need to reframe the future of the use of narrative, challenging the limitations or inadequacies of the established mediums of representation. The methodology of this project followed a progression from an analytical theoretical review to the physical experimentation of performance. This progression aimed to generate insights on the overall reading of real "messy" events that form the everyday or banal and their interpretation into a performed architectural experience surrounded by a naturalistic setting.


Comparing the theoretical framework to the physical manifestation of an "emerging" language of performance.

Research publication and installation as exhibited for the Exhibition "Last Futures" at Tramway, Glasgow.


Idea by

Olympia Katsarou
Glasgow
United Kingdom
Olympia Katsarou is an architect and spatial designer. She has graduated with a Masters in Architecture from the Mackintosh School of Architecture. She has worked as an architectural assistant for major cultural institutions and has been in the curatorial team for the cross disciplinary exhibition Last Futures. Her research is based on utopian visions of the architecture of absurdity and radical ideas of futures to come.