Kitsh Prothesis: Redefinition of the notion of “kitsch” as a formal strategy and not as an esthetic approach or result.
Ornamentism: Definition of Ornament as integrated part of a formal system and not as an external decorative factor.
The international X|A Advanced Design Workshops are known as an established academic activity that repeats every year since 2008 in Athens Greece and Lund Sweden, with the initiative of X|Atelier Architects, Erick Carcamo (SCI-Arc) and Nefeli Chatzimina (USC) under the auspices of the Hellenic Institute of Architecture and the Athens School of Fine Arts.
X|A workshops have been hosted by the Benaki Museum, the National Technical University of Athens and the University of Lund in Sweden. At the end of every X|A workshop there is a formal exhibition of the results and final presentation of the projects with invited jurors who are recognized in the field of Architecture; all projects become part of an overall privately organized exhibition that is open to the Public.
Participants of X|A workshops have access to a high level of knowledge on the latest architectural design techniques and fabrication methods. In parallel, they have the opportunity to develop their projects next to experienced professors with strong academic curriculum and broad experience in the professional field of Architecture.
Former Participants of X|A workshops under X|A guidance and support have been accepted to important Architectural Institution worldwide such as Columbia University NYC, Harvard University, MIT, Architectural Association in London, the Angewandte in Vienna, SCI-Arc and UCLA in Los Angeles.
X|A workshops have been conducted for undergraduate and graduate Students, Professional Architects and Artists from Greece, Australia, India, Egypt, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Iran, the Netherlands, Austria, England, Bulgaria, Denmark, Albania, South Korea, England, France, Turkey, USA.
X|A workshops have accepted students and professional Architects who have studied at the Architectural Association, Saint Martin’s University of Arts, the Bartlett UCL in London, RMIT and University of Queensland in Australia, the Angewandte Applied School of Arts in Vienna, TUDelft and Berlage Institute in the Netherlands, Berkeley University in California, Parsons School of Design in New York, École Spéciale d’Architecture ESA-Paris, L’école d’architecture de Paris-Malaquais and École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles in France, Danish Royal Academy of Arts in Denmark, to Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, from the National Technical University of Athens, the Aristotele University of Thessaloniki, the Architecture School of Thessaly, Patras and Crete, the Athens School of Fine Arts, University of Lund in Sweden, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Brunell University, Westminster University, Southbank University, London metropolitan University and the University of Budapest in Hungary.