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Constantinos Marcou

16 Varkizas street, Kamares, Larnaca, Cyprus
Constantinos Marcou (London, 1988) is a writer, an architect and an urban designer. His research projects investigate the complex relationship between architecture and socio-political reform in the context of emancipatory struggles. During the last years, he has been engaged with several projects, for which he received international recognition. He exhibits and lectures both nationally and internationally and in 2015 he was invited to take part in the Tallinn Architecture Biennale.

POETICS FOR THE UNCERTAIN


RECONSIDERING THE MEDIUMS

POETICS FOR THE UNCERTAIN


RECONSIDERING THE MEDIUMS
From Aristotle’s Poetics to Nicolas Bourriaud’s “relational aesthetics”, the Architectural image and the act of drawing as a process can create a threshold between the “real” and the “imaginary” in which knowledge, interaction and problematics of a specific context, play an important role.
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  • Systemic changes

While Architecture lacks the means to address and understand the urban, the act of drawing has become another issue of great concern, often understood as a tool, separated from the process of creating. Images appear within a generalized or not context of human cohabitation in which Architecture plays the key role. As a medium for “representation”, it reduced itself to a projection of what already exists, rather than understanding the alternative qualities and possibilities that could occur and the parallel relationship of engaging with the viewer. The act of drawing as a process can create a threshold between the “real” and the “imaginary” in which knowledge and problematics of a specific context, play an important role. As the future becomes more uncertain, the image can manifest as an important narrative within a specific framework. Abstracted from tradition, it can become an instrument for problematization, questioning the category of the urban.


"The Great Island of Replicas", honorable mention at the Fairytales Competition organized by Blank Space, 2019

"Baltic Tale of Nothingness", 2015, one out of the 8 winning proposals for the Next Helsinki Competition (author: Constantinos Marcou)

"Grounds for the Common", shortlisted entry for Europan 13 (authors: Constantinos Marcou in collaboration Costas Nicolaou)

"The Architecture of Pure Silence", Proposal for the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture: Contested Fronts (author: Constantinos Marcou)

"Thresholds of Knowledge", 2013, Masters Degree Design Thesis, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL (author: Constantinos Marcou)

POETICS FOR THE UNCERTAIN


RECONSIDERING THE MEDIUMS

POETICS FOR THE UNCERTAIN


RECONSIDERING THE MEDIUMS
From Aristotle’s Poetics to Nicolas Bourriaud’s “relational aesthetics”, the Architectural image and the act of drawing as a process can create a threshold between the “real” and the “imaginary” in which knowledge, interaction and problematics of a specific context, play an important role.
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

While Architecture lacks the means to address and understand the urban, the act of drawing has become another issue of great concern, often understood as a tool, separated from the process of creating. Images appear within a generalized or not context of human cohabitation in which Architecture plays the key role. As a medium for “representation”, it reduced itself to a projection of what already exists, rather than understanding the alternative qualities and possibilities that could occur and the parallel relationship of engaging with the viewer. The act of drawing as a process can create a threshold between the “real” and the “imaginary” in which knowledge and problematics of a specific context, play an important role. As the future becomes more uncertain, the image can manifest as an important narrative within a specific framework. Abstracted from tradition, it can become an instrument for problematization, questioning the category of the urban.


"The Great Island of Replicas", honorable mention at the Fairytales Competition organized by Blank Space, 2019

"Baltic Tale of Nothingness", 2015, one out of the 8 winning proposals for the Next Helsinki Competition (author: Constantinos Marcou)

"Grounds for the Common", shortlisted entry for Europan 13 (authors: Constantinos Marcou in collaboration Costas Nicolaou)

"The Architecture of Pure Silence", Proposal for the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture: Contested Fronts (author: Constantinos Marcou)

"Thresholds of Knowledge", 2013, Masters Degree Design Thesis, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL (author: Constantinos Marcou)


Idea by

Constantinos Marcou
16 Varkizas street, Kamares
Larnaca
Cyprus
Constantinos Marcou (London, 1988) is a writer, an architect and an urban designer. His research projects investigate the complex relationship between architecture and socio-political reform in the context of emancipatory struggles. During the last years, he has been engaged with several projects, for which he received international recognition. He exhibits and lectures both nationally and internationally and in 2015 he was invited to take part in the Tallinn Architecture Biennale.