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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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1st SESSION – 10 November
Architecture: definitions and means of communication
     “Must a name mean something?”
     Archaeological drawings: before, during, after excavation
     Living among ruins
     Managing absence: is it really missing or was it never there?
The 3 dimensions of our being
     The many ways to orientate ourselves
     Celebrating gravity
     The Vertical and the Horizontal

2nd SESSION -15 November
Taming the land
     The path
     Beware of slopes
     Terraces and retaining walls
Structural systems and Building Materials
     Archetypes in nature: the mountain, the cave, the tree
     Building with stone, wood and clay
     Ergonomic norms: the human body measure of all
Building components: Boundaries
     The ‘talking’ floor
     The inhabited roof
     Skylines: borders of materiality, thresholds to heaven

3rd SESSION – 17 November
Building components: Connectors
     Circulatory patterns: beware of the labyrinth
     The Minoan genius: the pier-and-opening partition
     The corridor: the multiple socket of circulatory systems
     Windows: the eyes of the building
     Stairs like doors
     Life is outdoors …or is it semi-outdoors?
     Standing buildings are the norm, failures the exception
     Hazards, natural and manmade
     Seismic activity: how does it affect the buildings?
     The elusive godmother of architecture

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