Yasmine Majber : Day center for refugees and asylum seekers
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General plan
Closeby migrants destined facilities
Situation plan
Situation plan - Victoria Square
Situation plan - University of Economics
The project as a transition space between the 2 streets
Plot plan
A specific urban structure
Courtyard typology analisis
Site axonometry - 1
Site axonometry - 2
Site axonometry - 3
Site axonometry - 4
Territorial section
Ground floor plan
Ground floor open configuration plan
First floor plan
Second floor plan
Third floor plan
Roof plan
Atlas of plans
Axonometry - Existing site
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Perspective section
Longitudinal section
Structure - Mortise and tenon joints
Structure - Mortise and tenon joints
Looking back on traditional repertories
Ground floor open configuration plan
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Pattern created by the sliding walls
Moucharabieh - 2 types of openings based on the pattern
Moucharabieh - Halving joint assembly (mi-bois sur mi-bois)
Moucharabieh - Halving joint assembly (mi-bois sur mi-bois)
Main streets elevation
Pedestrian alley elevation
Openable panels
Openable panels
Detailed section - elevation
Use of reflective materials
3 shapes, 3 patios, 3 atmospheres
Patio patterns
Exterior perspective
Square patio
Rectangular patio
Circular patio

According to John Cage, “an experimental action” is one “the outcome of which is not foreseen.” Titling this course Architecture & Experience celebrates on the one hand its attachment to the question of high architecture as a discipline forged in historical and theoretical projects and, on the other, the experimental nature of an explorative approach that has been an operative concept of said discipline ever since the Renaissance – explorative, but still grounded in concrete reality.

Theory, by identifying the working principles defining architectonic forms along time, makes possible every kind of parallel while transforming every sort of question into potential architectural problematics. This is our main field of exploration.

Theory allows us to write the narrative that defines the rules of the project on the one hand and give it a mean on the other hand. Reason helps us to imagine narratives that, considering the rules of nature and reality, allow us to justify from a rational point of view disposals that would be irrational in a different conceptual context. Thus we can succeed in building dreams from the ordinary condition.

Athens is a condensator of the most glorious Antique European architecture and of the almost non planned urban forms of today that makes of it a laboratory for exploring the contemporary status of architecture and city. As usual, students have not traveled to Athens, to work more from the imaginary of the city than from its reality.