Climatic Heterotopias as Spaces of Inclusion

Sew Up the Urban Fabric

Volume 1 - Research in Architectural Education SET Coordinated by Lazaros Mavromatidis

Climatic Heterotopias as Spaces of Inclusion

Edited by

Lazaros Mavromatidis, INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées) Lyon, France

ISBN : 9781786306777

Publication Date : December 2020

Hardcover 190 pp

165.00 USD



This book explores, discusses and considers spatial research and its relevant pedagogic perspectives on the crossings, interactions and transformations of contemporary territorialities. The book addresses the issue of conceiving “translocal” spaces of inclusion within the framework of contemporary imposed nomadism and climate change. The concept of “climatic heterotopias” is an original, elegant concept, introduced into the pedagogy of architecture to develop teaching which aims to bring together the architectural substance and this real social need that aims to mitigate the spatial effects of climate change.

Climatic Heterotopias as Spaces of Inclusion promotes the use of spatial theory and philosophy as the tools to build a strong architectural concept. The purpose of the individual contributions in the book is to introspectively explain the original concept of “climatic heterotopias”. An overview is given of an innovative, penetrating pedagogic praxis intended to enhance intuition by transforming the architectural design studio into an interface where research is incorporated into everyday architectural conceptual practice, through interaction and openness. This book is a dynamic and implicit dialogue between the tutor and the learners which shapes, little by little, an alternative spatial narrative throughout architectural theory and design.


1. Climatic Heterotopias Architectural Design Studio, Lazaros Mavromatidis.
2. Of Other Climates: Glocal Climatic Constructal Heterotopias, Lazaros Mavromatidis.
3. Redefine the Contemporary Spatio-social Mentalities, Carole Beaufumé.
4. Redefine the Body as the Physical Constitution of the Human Being, Claire Aubry.
5. The Pause or Dreaming in the Woods, Estelle Auray.
6. A Territory of One’s Own, Fleur Lagarrigue.
7. The Hegelian Dimension of Climate as a Feeling Atmosphere, Milan Engström.
8. Rhythm as the Tool to Create Heterochrony and Innovative Territorialities, Jonas Kammerer.
9. Story for an Illusory Hope Against an Absurd Life, Bérénice Vallance.
10. The Fluidic Climatic Heterotopia – Fractures, Flows, Chaos, Composition, Vincent Papazian.
11. Transmission, Mélodie Pezet.
12. Introspection, Aurore Peillet.
13. Sew Up the Urban Fabric: The Architectural Project, Claire Aubry, Estelle Auray, Carole Beaufumé, Milan Engström, Jonas Kammerer, Fleur Lagarrigue, Vincent Papazian, Aurore Peillet, Mélodie Pezet, Bérénice Vallance and Lazaros Mavromatidis.
14. The Auto-poetic Spirit of a Creative Learning Society Within a Multifaceted Context of Crises, Lazaros Mavromatidis.

About the authors/editors

Lazaros Mavromatidis is an architect-engineer and holds a PhD in Applied Thermodynamics from INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées) Lyon and ENTPE (École Nationale des Travaux Publics de l'État), France. He is Associate Professor at INSA Strasbourg and a researcher in the ICube laboratory UMR 7357. His scientific publications as well as pedagogic and research interests cover the fields of urbanism, urban design/planning, aesthetics, architectural morphogenesis, architectural sustainable design, constructal and applied thermodynamics, building physics, innovative building envelopes and generative eco-conception.