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Idea by

Katerina Kourkoula, Hannes Gutberlet

En Route Architects

http://www.e-r-a.net

2, Laskareos Street, Athens, Greece
Katerina Kourkoula was born in 1982 and studied architecture at the Bartlett (UCL) and the Cooper Union. She has taught at the Cooper Union and ETH Zurich and has practised in Athens and New York. Hannes Gutberlet is an architect, economist, and researcher. He holds two masters degrees in architecture and economics and has studied at EBS University, TU Delft, MIT, and ETH Zurich. Hannes has worked for Herman Hertzberger, OMA. He is a PHD Candidate at the Department of Architecture .

In Context


Architecture as a responsive tool to contextual forces

In Context


Architecture as a responsive tool to contextual forces
Architecture should be characterized by being responsive to the contextual forces that are at stake, each time, from economic to social or ecological.

The context of an architectural intervention can be read and interpreted in many ways. It can range from the economic to the social and the political to the natural. The recognition of a context as part of a challenge and an addition to an architectural brief will allow for interventions that develop a response to that. The architect will take on a certain responsibility as to the context he or she has chosen. Architecture, in terms of formal and spatial excellence would still be at the core. Its value system would be enriched with a responsive aspect to the space and time it is situated in. The openness and flexibility toward the context will allow for a framework that is plausible and applicable to a variety of spatial approaches. Signature architecture and coherent authorship become less desirable. Each new context defines the scope, scale and structure of each new project.


Overall strategy of project. A time and process based solution responds to the economical problems and the fluctuating character of the area. The development of the site responds to the funds available and the need of the neighborhood

A: Agricultural Field Structures (out of reused material)

B: Recreational Field Structures (out of reused material)

B: Recreational Field Structures (out of reused material)

C: Infrastructural Field Structures (out of reused material)

In Context


Architecture as a responsive tool to contextual forces

In Context


Architecture as a responsive tool to contextual forces
Architecture should be characterized by being responsive to the contextual forces that are at stake, each time, from economic to social or ecological.

The context of an architectural intervention can be read and interpreted in many ways. It can range from the economic to the social and the political to the natural. The recognition of a context as part of a challenge and an addition to an architectural brief will allow for interventions that develop a response to that. The architect will take on a certain responsibility as to the context he or she has chosen. Architecture, in terms of formal and spatial excellence would still be at the core. Its value system would be enriched with a responsive aspect to the space and time it is situated in. The openness and flexibility toward the context will allow for a framework that is plausible and applicable to a variety of spatial approaches. Signature architecture and coherent authorship become less desirable. Each new context defines the scope, scale and structure of each new project.


Overall strategy of project. A time and process based solution responds to the economical problems and the fluctuating character of the area. The development of the site responds to the funds available and the need of the neighborhood

A: Agricultural Field Structures (out of reused material)

B: Recreational Field Structures (out of reused material)

B: Recreational Field Structures (out of reused material)

C: Infrastructural Field Structures (out of reused material)


Idea by

Katerina Kourkoula, Hannes Gutberlet
En Route Architects
2, Laskareos Street
Athens
Greece
Katerina Kourkoula was born in 1982 and studied architecture at the Bartlett (UCL) and the Cooper Union. She has taught at the Cooper Union and ETH Zurich and has practised in Athens and New York. Hannes Gutberlet is an architect, economist, and researcher. He holds two masters degrees in architecture and economics and has studied at EBS University, TU Delft, MIT, and ETH Zurich. Hannes has worked for Herman Hertzberger, OMA. He is a PHD Candidate at the Department of Architecture .