OMA / David Gianotten Finalize Schematic Design for New Feyenoord Stadium at the Maas. December 20, · OMA / Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli – Curated. Exodus or the Voluntary Prisoners of Architecture is the final AA thesis of Rem Koolhaas, Madelon Vreisendorp, Elia Zenghelis, and Zoe Zenghelis. Elia Zenghelis: Zaha Hadid: There she met the architects Elia Zenghelis and Rem Koolhaas, with whom she would collaborate as a partner at the Office of.

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Athens is tethered to the port of Piraeus by an urban strip about 4 miles long.

For most of its length, this strip is bound on one side by a railroad and on the other by a busy traffic thoroughfare. At the end of the year-long Peloponnesian War, the victorious Spartans demanded that Athens demolish the Long Walls, an event that marked the end of Athenian hegemony and its empire.

Advanced Design Studio

Traces of the Long Walls persist in modern Athens, even as a conurbation of nearly 5 million inhabitants has sprung up, now engulfing former hinterlands along with Piraeus. Nineteenth-century efforts to give Athens a legible center the Triangle Plan of Kleanthis-Schaubert can no longer hold this sprawling metropolis together. However, there is eloa latent order that would reconfigure Athens as a polycentric city with the Long Walls serving as a mooring to a new archipelago of interconnected centralities.


As precursor and inspiration for our studio brief, we will revisit an international competition from sponsored by Casabella magazine. A number of then young avant-garde practices used the competition to reimagine the city, among them, my collaboration with Rem Koolhaas that culminated in the Exodus project.

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We will critically reassess the provocation that the competition provides and bring it to bear on our reading of Athens. Using the Casabella brief as a point of departure, we will focus on the development of new centralities, new spaces for meaningful communal interaction.

The potential we collectively bring to light will be represented in a shared outline plan, in which select locations will be identified for intervention. Each of these wlia will be the site of a new centrality, acting as an island that together form an archipelago.

It is crucial that each centrality have a unique program or character that creates a dynamic interdependence with the other centralities, giving the archipelago a distinctive yet zemghelis whole. While the class will map out the overall confederation of centralities, individual students will undertake the detailed program and design of each centrality.


These will each contain at least one urban public space along with the complex of buildings needed to support its unique character. The individual student will be responsible for elaborating senghelis program and its architectural expression, with one quintessential part designed in detail. Presentation requirements will vary, but an effort will be made to find a harmonious language for the overall endeavor, testing it at each stage in consultation with the studio instructors.

In the final weeks of the studio, we will make a concerted effort to consolidate the individual designs into a renewed vision for the Long Walls, transformed by the new centralities and comprising a crucial configuration in the archipelago that will constitute a polycentric Athens.

The s and the Beginning of OMA – Elia Zenghelis Lecture

The semester will be divided into six distinct periods: Preliminary Design Proposals 2 weeks 3. Proposal Development 3 weeks 5. Proposal Refinement 4 weeks 6. Collective Design Reprise 2 weeks. Student Work See all.