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A Timeless Guide to Architecture: 101 Tips for Archaeologists: A Three-day Online Seminar with Clairy Palyvou

November 10, 15, and 17, 12 pm ET/7 pm in Greece  

The seminar aims at exploring some universal and timeless rules that guide architectural creation and provide archeologists with practical tools that will help them understand (and decode) the process of building. We will explore the difficult task of giving meaning to the fragmentary architectural data of the remote past, with emphasis on the Aegean Bronze Age. The 101 tips refer to common topics, queries, insights, and misunderstandings related to the practice of architecture as they appear in the field of archaeology.

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What is architecture?
Work of Architecture versus Building
Architecture as an archaeological find (managing absence)

How to write and read architecture
The 3 dimensions of our being (the line, the surface, the volume)
Terminology (careful with Words, Names and Terms)
Architectural drawings (the conventions of a pictorial language)

Structure, Form, Function
The envious godmothers of architecture
Nature’s Archetypes (the mountain, the cave, the forest)
Structural systems (Mass, Skeleton, Composite) 

The quantitative aspect of architecture
Materials: building with stone, wood and clay (properties and structural performance)
Role of each architectural element in the structural system
Ergonomic norms: efficiency of space in relation to the human body and the task involved

Building from bottom up
You cannot go back and fix a mistake or change your mind (especially in multistory construction) Taming the land (terraces, retaining walls and the path)
Starting with the foundations
Bounding elements and connectors (Walls, Floors, Staircases, Corridors, Doors and Windows)
Hazards (natural and manmade): fire, earthquakes, land erosion, war (how to distinguish their traces)
The neighbors and their rights of access, light, air and sewage facilities

Meaningful forms & the eluding Function
Physical determinism vs cultural choice
Function versus Use, Character and Purpose

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