Mechanism of Suspension

Alexandra Vougia, Theodossis Issaias, Platon Issaias

 

The project consists of a machine that reconfigures a coastal landscape to function as a field for outdoor free accommodation. It attempts to curate logistically and legislatively the territory that supports this possibility, a fundamental parameter of which is the organization of its infrastructure. The precondition for its existence is the radical modification of the current legal framework that would guarantee and protect free camping and free use of the commons. It does not have an owner, a fence or a monitored entrance and it cannot be appropriated. It is free, reversible, and offers access to common utility networks without compensation, while any productive activity, supply or provision concerns the needs of users and inhabitants – not profit.

The relation between infrastructure, dwelling and landscape intensifies the paradox of an otherwise free camping site designed as an open machine for living. The often hidden parts of a building – cables, pipes, tanks, boilers, storage, cranes, refrigerators, kitchens, toilets, basins and faucets – are uncovered “in the middle of nowhere”, exposing the sheer size of all things considered as the “minimum necessary”. How can we expose the limits – political and social – of the ruthless exploitation and privatization that the current economy and way of life enforce?

 

Collaborators:  

Alexandros Avlonitis, architect

Thanos Zartaloudis, lawyer

Chrysoula Korovesi, media artist

Ilias Matsas, mechanical engineer

Stavros Milonas, architect

Prelab, Prototyping and Reverse Engineering – Athens

Alexandra Vougia, (Thessaloniki, 1983). Diploma in Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2007), Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from GSAPP, Columbia University (2008). Alexandra has worked as an architect in New York (Morris Sato Studio) and Athens (A. N. Tombazis & Associates Architects), before beginning her PhD dissertation at the AA School of Architecture in 2011. She currently teaches at the AA in the History and Theory Studies Programme of the Intermediate School.

Platon Issaias, (Athens, 1984). Diploma in Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2007), Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from GSAPP, Columbia University (2008). He is currently completing his dissertation at ‘The City as a Project’ PhD Program, launched by the Berlage Institute/Rotterdam in collaboration with TU Delft and lead by Pier Vittorio Aureli. He is currently a Visiting Lecturer and Studio Leader at the March in Urban Design, The Bartlett School of Architecture/UCL.

Theodossis Issaias, (Athens, 1985) graduated in 2008 from the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens – Greece. He holds a Master of Science in Architecture and Urbanism (SMarchS) from the School of Architecture and Planning -SA+P, MIT (2011). He has worked as an architect and urban designer in Athens and Boston in offices such as the ORGanization for Permanent Modernity and VietAid Community Development Corporation. Currently he is a PhD student at Yale,  Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.