Education 'in', 'for' and 'through' architectural heritage
Alcestis Rodi, Assistant professor of Urban Design and Planning, Department of Architecture, University of Patras
National Library of Greece
Events Series 2019
Synopsis of the lecture:
The built environment is a carrier of memory which can be codified into history. The way we learn about it, we learn from it, and employ it for the future is constantly changing. These various approaches are reflected in education; and nowadays, that architectural heritage and local identity are threatened by the huge wave of development and global architectural assimilation, climate change, tourism, conflicts and extremism destroying monuments such as those of Palmyra and using others such as Hagia Sophia as propaganda, education needs to be redefined.
Why should we learn about architectural heritage? Why are some buildings more significant than others? When and how can knowledge of the architectural past get in the way of innovative action? When and how does it promote creativity? How can new technology contribute to the above?
What political and academic leadership and what technical personnel can negotiate the coexistence of change and preservation as a characteristic of the future?
Short bio of the lecturer:
Dr Alcestis Rodi is a tenured assistant professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Patras. She studied architecture at the School of Architecture, National Technical University, Athens (1994), before completing her Master's of Architecture in Urban Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (1997). In 2008 she received her PhD in Engineering from Delft University of Technology. In 2018-9, she was offered an appointment as a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
She practiced architecture and urban design in USA and Greece. Her current research and recent academic publications focus on urban morphology and contemporary urban concepts. Within this framework she introduced in 2015 the concept of 'Bricolage Urbanism'. She has published the book Modern Architectures in History: Greece (Reaktion Books, 2013) with Alexander Tzonis. She was the editor and a contributor to several collective volumes. Her design work and academic articles have been published in international periodicals and have received international awards.