Multiplicity refers to a plurality of facets, implications and ramifications any question, even seemingly simple, can have. This layered reality, if fully embraced, verges on hyper-complexity, but can also be considered a productive entanglement, a richness.
Sicily. The island has been a much coveted centre of the region for millennia: a crossing point between Africa and Europe, between Eastern and Western Mediterranean.
Empathy is the ability to project oneself into someone else’s position and take their perspective for a while. An understanding based on the temporary weakening of the limit between oneself and ‘the other’.
Marrakesh. Layer after layer, a complex ground has been assembled, serving as a base for a country currently contemplating its diverse heritage: the Arab, the Berber, the European within.
Ambiguity. The capacity of an individual object or idea to be perceived in multiple ways. A status which can be seen as unclear and confusing, or as valuable in its complexity and richness.
Athens. In a city where the—literally—towering bygone days are always looming above the city, we wish to look at the present condition of Greece in the light of its past.
Consistency. This semester we will adopt the attitude of consistency. We will explore how we could actually free architecture by tightening its rules even more.
Exactitude. An attitude orienting choices towards decisiveness, a posture in which everything is weighed, measured, examined and determined.
Optimism. Can we use this term without feeling embarrassed? It seems naive and light-hearted. Can it be appropriate today? We believe so.