Fani Kostourou

Fani Kostourou
Theatrum Mundi

PhD in Architecture and Urban Studies

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Additional affiliations
September 2020 - present
University for the Creative Arts
Position
  • Associate Lecturer

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Publications (34)
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With a shortage of affordable housing, social housing has become a priority on national agendas. However, designing social housing has a poor record, as reflected in the current demolition of postwar housing 'utopias'. This paper seeks to explore how the design of new social housing could increase the resilience of urban areas and its social and sp...
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In the past, housing and homeownership have been used as media for social reform. This article looks at the socio-political agenda behind the birth of company towns and the role of architecture and urban design in shaping the social life of the inhabitants. The study examines Cité Ouvrière, a nineteenth-century mass factory settlement in Mulhouse (...
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How and why do houses densify over time? What is the impact of that growth and what kind of constraints affect their potential to change? This research explores built form change and densification, providing historical evidence from the incremental transformation of a 19th-century housing scheme, Cité Ouvrière, in Mulhouse, eastern France. This gra...
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As our cities age, a large number of spatial structures experience physical change. A better understanding of what this process may entail and the agents involved in it can extend the knowledge of practitioners, activists, and policy experts regarding the resilience of our domestic building stock and cities. Awan et al. (2013) explain that agents a...
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This paper discusses the methodologies and datasets used in the cartographic study of morphological change in a 19 th century residential scheme in Mulhouse, France. It examines (1) the availability and comparability of existing datasets (spatial, historical and archival), (2) the collection of new data from field surveys to historical maps, buildi...
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The architecture of the dwelling is the closest representation of societal behaviours and ideals. An example of such behaviour is social hierarchy which this paper considers as an intrinsic value of the spatial configuration of the domestic space, responsible for mediating everyday interactions between inhabitants and between inhabitants and visito...
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Embodying Otherness asks what kind of questions or discussions in city-making may necessitate an engagement of choreographic thinking? How can an understanding of our bodily senses, functions, movements and intellect contribute to an augmented ability to speculate on future city-dwelling? This publication disseminates archived works and research...
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This is a commissioned essay for COSMOWOMEN, an exhibition and accompanied book about the female approach to architecture and the vision of female architecture students from The Bartlett, UK. The article addressed theoretically the private live and work balance of women architects and foregrounded and reflected upon four speculative projects by thr...
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This essay offers a set of provocations linking Richard Sennett’s five open forms to musical notations. More: http://scoring.city/library/essays/from-open-forms-to-open-scores/
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This thesis investigates physical adaptability of the urban form in the 19th century working-class housing scheme of Cité Ouvrière in the city of Mulhouse. The research is based on the assumption that other things aside, housing forms that are not sufficiently adaptable to effectively accommodate changes over time will eventually disappear as they...
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Article in MONU #32 "Affordable Urbanism", discussing how a benign negligence of sorts allowed for certain acts of resistance to emerge from the occupants of railway arches in London's Elephant & Castle. Read it here: http://theatrum-mundi.org/library/benign-neglect/
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If cultural display is what happens onstage, what is the urban backstage, where production, experimentation, and rehearsal take place? Our investigative approach aims to document the ‘urban backstage’—the often-invisible spaces in which culture is produced before it meets the public eye. The journal reflects a work-in-progress, our ongoing reflect...
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This visual essay uses the metaphor of Alice in Wonderland to argue that architecture is not about designing spaces that people need to adapt to, but about spaces that people can inhabit and adapt, independent of their body size and cultural practices.
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Space syntax is a significant theory and tool that describes buildings and cities as evolutionary processes, offering valuable support to architectural and urban design. However, theory and analytical research are different from the processes that characterise the generation of ideas in design practice. This chapter elaborates first, on the differe...
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Upon building completion, housing value starts diminishing over time. If it fails to fulfil stakeholders' long-term needs, the building becomes obsolescent. While some housing schemes survive, others do not, being inflexible in changes over time. This paper explores physical adaptability as a design characteristic that other things being equal, add...
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The E-Merging Design Research module (EDR) is a new research/practice-based module in the SDAC MSc at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. This book is an investigation of informal settlements in Rio. The contributions provide a glimpse into a ‘self-organising’ urban system, accompanied by speculations about the potential for intervention and...
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Article about the production of design knowledge in the architectural profession in HORIZONTE Journal For Architectural Discourse #11 "Wissen/Knowledge". What does architecture know? Its knowledge is often taken for granted, as a common basis of our profession. Something completed in its entirety that merely relies on memory and interpretation. It...
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Many music genres have been associated with a place, either a city or a region, like trip-hop with Bristol, techno with Detroit, fado with Lisbon, hippie with San Francisco Bay, but fewer have to specific built projects. Part of the eighth FOMA edition of Architectuul, this essay looks at five urban housing cases, which despite being architecturall...
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The Cycle to School project is a collaboration between Camden Council, the Somers Town Community and The Bartlett School of Architecture. The project represents a collaborative opportunity between Camden’s existing cycling programme and the Izaskun Chinchilla’s Public Engagement Fellowship and aims to encourage more children to cycle to school, whi...
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Article about emerging practices and their 'new modesty' approach of making architecture in the LOBBY No 5 "Faith". LOBBY is a student-led publication produced by The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL.
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Current discussions on urban housing confirm the central role of design in dealing with the rapidly increasing complexities of urban challenges. Nonetheless, design often remains detached from decision-making at the level of building regulations and urban policies. Situated around the debate of greater socio-spatial sustainability, this paper aims...
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Article about the contradicting interests of various stakeholders in the housing crisis of UK in the LOBBY No 4 "Abundance". LOBBY is a student-led publication produced by The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL.
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Architecture is usually defined through intent while cities come into being out of multiple human actions over a long period of time. This seems to trap us between a view of architecture as authored object, and a view of the city as authorless, evolutionary process. The debate about the autonomous and the contingent object thus, goes back to the se...
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As more than one billion urban residents around the world live in informal settlements we need a body of investigation that addresses the relationship of urban informality with architecture and the profession. And where better can we find a more striking combination of modern architecture with some of the world’s most resilient self-built settlemen...
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This research looks at four public spaces alongside Panepistimiou street in Athens (Greece) and their everyday life. Following Jan Gehl’s methodology, the analysis is based on the visual observation and recordings of two major human activities in urban space (moving and standing) and the ways that the design of these spaces shape the experience of...
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Informal settlements are an increasing global phenomenon. Since the mid-century Rio de Janeiro went through a series of paradigmatic changes, trying to cope with this phenomenon. The scope of these interventions ranged from entire eradications of these settlements in the 1960s to present in situ programmes of infrastructural upgrades. Up to now fav...
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While currently many large-scale residential projects are scheduled for demolition, the worldwide housing deficit is constantly increasing. Solutions for this shortage are at the moment a top priority for national governments; however since the post-war modernist utopias social housing has created a bad name for being vulnerable to vandalism and cr...
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Learning from digging deeper into what architects could call failure, highlighting six qualities of informal paths which may worth integrating in formal planning. Article about the public space of favelas in the OSA Magazine No 2 "Failure". OSA Magazine is a student-led publication produced by the Oxford School of Architecture.
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Establishing a link between ideas, actions and forms in the shaping of the built environment Article about London riots and the academic research on the spatial logic behind them in the LOBBY No 2 "Clairvoyance". LOBBY is a student-led publication produced by The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL.
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While currently many large-scale housing projects are scheduled for demolition, there is a worldwide housing shortage and an unfulfilled demand for social housing. New models of affordable and sustainable housing for low-income populations are a top priority for national governments at the moment. This research focuses on exploring those configurat...
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Article about architecture at time of mass and fast production in the LOBBY No 1 "Un/Spectacle". LOBBY is a student-led publication produced by The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL.
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How architecture conditions behavior and how behavior is determined by our everyday environment. Angélil M., Hehl R. and Something Fantastic (eds.)
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In 2009, Brazil launched the mass housing program “Minha Casa, Minha Vida” (“My House, My Life”), which aims to build 3.4 million housing units by the end of 2014. By reexamining the program at a critical time, Minha Casa—Nossa Cidade (“My House, Our City”) attempts to hack the production of mass housing and tackle the profound social changes curre...

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Adaptability of the Urban Form: Mapping changes over time and across scales in the Cité Ouvrière of Mulhouse This work is supported by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Grant [515565].