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Urban Landscape Transformations: The Case Of Architecture


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R. Papageorgiou-Sefertzi


In our digital epoch and information society, current thinking and research in architecture seems to be significantly transformed. The digital means and digital architecture not only reveal a different way of representation, but furthermore a different way of thinking, generating and materializing space and form. These new concepts, techniques and processes of design break the existing codes of modern architecture and introduce new ones. In search for a unifying architectural discourse, this paper examines three aspects of present projects, which overturn previous morphology. Namely: topography -i.e. the relationship between the building and its site, the surface of the buildings, and hyper-projects –i.e. these hybrid mega structures, which mix private and public urban life. These metamorphoses, which have taken place in recent architecture point to a new paradigm. Keywords: surface, skin, topography, hyper-projects, folds, organic, flow, smooth, digital design. 1 Introduction Contemporary cities, in the context of intercity competition to invite mobile capital and tourism try to acquire a distinctive \“physiognomy” and place identity in the global urban system. In this respect \“built heritage” and \“innovative design of space” represent key morphological means for \“branding” the urban landscape, as Beriatos and Gospodini remark [1]. Our interest lies in the innovative design and in particular in the avant-garde architecture of today. Leafing through international architectural magazines, one gains the impression that there is no formally recognized style but simply


surface, skin, topography, hyper-projects, folds, organic, flow, smooth, digital design.