Print your utopia

07 February, 2015

Print your utopia

Athens 2036. The center of Athens has been deserted. There's a place in the depths of a stoa where it seems that some traces of life still exist.

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Students : Makroglou Evgenia-Maria, Xristopoulou Aikaterini
Supervisor : Panos Dragonas
Architecture Department of Patras
Presentation date : 30 October 2014

Athens 2036
The center of Athens has been deserted.
There's a place in the depths of a stoa where it seems that some traces of life still exist.



New self-made machines have been installed in that space. These machines print three dimensional objects, small and large too. The machines sprawl from the little ground floor shop towards the whole building block.

At the core of the building block, the uncovered space of the ground floor has been expanded. The tall buildings that stand around have revealed their insides. Through their transparent shell, you can see the machines working ceaselessly. The production process becomes a spectacle. The relics of the buildings constitute the scenery for a new era.



At the production halls, the machines generate the production. They print complete objects from scratch. The treatment and the assemblage of individual parts is replaced by a holistic production that doesn't have distinctive construction stages. Everything here functions as a skewed memory of the traditional factory.


At the Factory Tower, workers are designing the customers' orders. The production that is sprawling throughout the building block is controlled from here. The Tower functions as a potential panopticon of network production.


At the Information Tower, workers classify the customers' digital orders and requests. The Information Tower is the communication core between the factory production and consumption desires.

On the fourth level of the building block, the space opens. Columns, walls and staircases are brought out, uncovered. Food printing machines are arrayed around the large cylinders. In the naked concrete space, people feel equally by eating.



On the roofs of Building Block 10 small, white residential constructions stand on the staircase rooms. People reside aloft, on the edge of Athens, in a place of insulation and meditation.



They need isolation to create their own utopian world. Furniture, objects, ladders-all custom-made by the Building Block 10 machines-complete the dwelling. The house on the top of the city reminds of a contemporary hut, printed by the resident himself.



Building Block 10 has become a machine itself. Its community produces and at the same time reproduces and determines itself. Building Block 10 represents the city itself.
Athens became a machine of itself, recreated on its own and flourished on the remains of its ruins.


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