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Awarded study of the Athens' Olympic Village


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This study, designed by D. Papanikolaou, was awarded by one of the three equivalent major awards in the international contest of 2000 for Athens' Olympic Village. The study, which follows the principles of sustainable design, is based on an integrated building system which makes possible a low-cost, high-speed construction, a low cost of usage of the built space, as well as maintenance and utilization of natural environmental resources. The technical basis of the system is provided by the "Electromechanical Skeleton" which constitutes a networked infrastructure of the whole construction. The latter is developed, according to a unified process, from the structural element scale to the urban scale.

A more detailed presentation of this study is included in the graduate lecture titled "Sustainable Architecture: The awarded study of Athens' Olympic Village by D. Papanikolaou as a case study" which is available as a PDF file (2329 ΚΒ).




"Electromechanical Skeleton"


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The integrated building systems designed by D. Papanikolaou are based on the idea of the "Electromechanical Skeleton". The latter constitutes both the structural skeleton of a construction and a network infrastructure of all the electromechanical systems. The "Electromechanical Skeleton" can be produced from existing industries; it does not need special industrial installations.

The "Electromechanical Skeleton" is described in the website Urbankit. It is the central idea in the study for Athens' Olympic Village , also presented in the graduate lecture titled "Sustainable Architecture: The awarded study of Athens' Olympic Village by D. Papanikolaou as a case study" which is available as a PDF file (2329 ΚΒ: text in Greek).







The ERTEK system


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The ERTEK system is an integrated building system based on the "semi-precast" technology (structural elements made of reinforced concrete are produced independently, then they are assembled, while concrete cast on the assembly concludes the construction). The system combines a technology having industrial specifications with the conventional building technology. This makes possible to combine both high quality and variability with a low cost of construction. An important feature of the ERTEK system is that it does not depend on either industrial production (it is applied in-situ without timber molds, scaffolding or cumbersome production tools) or specialized labor. The high structural and anti-earthquake properties of the system, as well as the method of routing the electromechanical infrastructure is based on the network paradigm.





"A System of Residence Space Construction"


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This material derives from a diploma project (1985)  titled "A System of Residence Space Construction". It is presented an industrial building system consistent with the principles of compositional variability, coherence of the urban space, as well as management of both the architectural composition and the construction by the users. The presentation includes elements of complex systems engineering, while refers to the historical context, the mathematical-geometrical model of the system, as well as the development of the latter from the scale of the structural element up to the urban scale.

The presentation, having the form a visual lecture supported by photos, drawings, as well as schematic animations, is available in PowerPoint files.