Areti Markopoulou is an Architect who graduated from the Department of Architectural Engineering (DUTH) of Xanthi in Greece. She received a Master in Advanced Architecture from IAAC, Barcelona with her thesis ¨Prototypes of Urbanity: from Bits to Geography¨ in 2006. She holds a Fab Academy diploma on Digital Fabrication offered by the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms and the Fab Lab Network and a Dlab diploma from the AA,Architectural Association in London.
Co-founder of the ¨Mycity-me¨ non profit organization, her research explores how Energy, Information and Fabrication could lead to [technology + user]-based optimum future city models, which could adapt to behavioral changes over time.
She has participated in research and development projects such as ¨Hyperhabitat¨ at the XI Venice Biennale (2008),¨Fab Lab House¨ at the Solar Decathlon Europe (2010), ¨Fabrication Laboratory¨ at the Design Museum of Barcelona, DHUB (2010), “My Very Own City” with The World Bank (2012) and “City Protocol” with the CP Society (2012).
She is permanent faculty at IAAC and author of scientific papers and internationally published articles.
Her practice includes collaborations with offices such as R+B architects, BOPBAA, MMA Architects, Azymuth, Barcelona Regional Agency and more.
She is currently the Director of the Masters in Advanced Architecture at IAAC in Barcelona and initiator and partner of Fab Lab Athens.
As Information Era Technologies and their impacts on architecture change, their relationship calls for new or adapted concepts, where the emerging pattern language of electronic connections tie in seamlessly with the language of physical connections.
The informational and technological advances in communications present new design ideas and bottom-up processes where importance is not final aesthetics or final accountancies but rather than data and information that prepare the ground for the birth of efficient and in-formed architecture of cities, buildings and manufacturing processes.
IAAC research projects seek to rethink the [form] of “habitats” bringing forward fundamental concepts of design systems related to real time data and information. Internet of Cities, Public space that interact with the users and flows, Buildings which form follow energy, Materials responding to body data and new Fabrication processes are some of the projects that will be presented in the talk as examples of adaptive architecture applications.