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portfolio Afroditi Manakou


Afroditi Manakou

architect, urban planner and designer Date of birth Address

5 december 1988 Ursviks AllĂŠ 21 ,Sundbyberg Stockholm

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EDUCATION 2019-ongoing

M.Sc. in Urban ans Regional Planning Stockholms University


M.Sc. in Sustainable Urban Planning Blekinge Institute of Technology


M.Arch. of architecture Aristotle University of Thessaloniki





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01/18-01/19 _ freelance designer (posters, flyers, cvs, logotypes) 0/17-05/19_ junior architect at architect Veatriki Gavrielatou , Greece 06/15-10/15_ junior architect / praktikant at civil engineer Gyftakis Theofanis, Greece 01/12-03/13_ babysitter 10/10-12/2018 waitress and bartender in pubs ansd bars (Greece ans Sweden) ongoing pet sitter

Autocad Illustrator InDesign Office suite Photoshop Prezi



2010 _’residing in the corridors’ AUTH

Rhinoceros SketchUp

2011 _ECOWEEK in Thessaloniki

exhibitions 2010 _participation in the exhibition of the 2nd domain at the architecture


department of AUTH

VOLUNTEERING 2018_AESOP Congress ‘Making Space for Hope’ in Gothenburg Sweden

MEMBERSHIP Sveriges Ingenjörer

2014 _participation in the exhibition of architectural thesis projects (AUTH)

competitions 2010 _graphic design for the logotype of the 2nd domain of AUTH 2012 _graphic design for the logotype of AUTH’s summer camp

table of contents DEsign

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|academic projects Pris[on]/off: Juvenile Detention Center A mixed use neighbourhood C shelter Hotel and spa resort Muses’ home Renewed Hatthomen Activating Karlskrona’s rural-urban fringe

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|independent project Ionian summer retreat


|other projects graphic design paintings sketches handworks

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|writing Paradoxical Depictions of spaces. _visual illusions and tricks from Escher to Koolhas The phenomenon of rural depopulation in the Swedish landscape: Turning the trends

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academic projects


Urban design Pris[on]/off | Juvenile Detention Center Diploma Design Thesis

Team Afroditi Manakou, Eleni Gklinou, Veatriki

CONTRIBUTION concept sketches 2D plans physical model DEsign

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This design diploma’s thesis project concerns a rural juvenile detention center, placed in Silimna, an arcadian village, that can host 100 prisoners while keeping 50 persons under employment. The concept of an open prison has not yet been applied in the greek context, but since the benefits for the young prisoners are countless with the implementation of such a model, we decided to organise our proposal as such. The starting point and main concern of this project was to create the sence of a community. Thereafter, the prison complex is organized as a small village. The patterns of spatial organization that are met in a typical Greek village, undergo a critical processing followed by a critical reproduction: the house, the yard, the neighbourhood, the central square of the village, the loose but cohesive circulation network, the complexity of the fronts arising as a result of small retreats or protrusions of the facades, but also crops regarding either the whole community or smaller groups of it, form the principles of our design. The core of the privacy of the prisoner, the cell, followed by a grouping of two or three units each time that surround a central volume of everyday use, constitutes the collective habitation module, built around a patio-yard. The total of these units, together with the housing units of our “free� prisoners (prisoners with good behavior who possess the keys of their homes) in the western part of the central passage, clearly define a public place, containing a lounge for the prisoners, with the corresponding outdoor space. The creation of a variety of spaces that follow a variation in the range of private-public, offers the vital elements of collegiality, community and cooperation.

| map of spatial entities | concept


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| masterplan|

| housing units|


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| housing units|

| cell design|

The cells are organized as two storey modular units. Each prisoner has his/hers personal space, despite the fact that the units are of minimal dimensions. Every ‘residence’ block consists of the cell and a collective space. Therefore both socializing and privacy are values that take place in the housing units.


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| cell details|

| model |


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Urban synthesis A mixed use neighborhood Team Afroditi Manakou, Eleni Gatou, Eleni Gklinou Year 2012

A negative aspect of the contemporary greek city, is that its image seems rather typical and homogenised. This project aims at an alternative design of a new typical city in which the buildings’ heights range from 3 to 5 storeys and promotes the concept of community. The typology of each unit is unique and integrated to its relevant area. The special feature of this concept is the mix of functions that take place in every building, such as living premisses and offices.

concept sketches 2D plans physical model DEsign

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What becomes quite distinct is the separation into individual units and neighbourhoods, with provision for open green public spaces. In the center of the plan a dynamic design gesture takes place, which results in the creation of a relief outdoor zone that contains small pavilions housing periodic uses, such as expositions. This works both as a canopy and a bridge that connects the public exhibition center with the waterfront. Finally, at the coastal front small premisses are placed, which do not impede the view of the whole and contribute together with the surrounding space to the creation of an attractive coastal area.

| masterplan |


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| typical block |


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Architecture in extreme conditions C-Shelter Team Afroditi Manakou, Eleni Gatou, Eleni Gklinou Year 2010

The project’s objective is the creation of a residential “incident’ for semi-permanent residence offered to those in need. Providing housing to such heterogeneous groups of people that “immigrate” from place to place -not in the context of alternative nomadism, but as a social need- is the main goal that our design is challenged to achieve. An architectural design that becomes extreme, not having as a purpose to draw attention or show off, but to cover the requested needs.

The concept is the design of transportable units such as a medical center and two types of housing units. All combined together will have as a result the creation of a housing site for immigrants. Based on the dimensions of a typical container and the philosophy of “all in a shell”, two transferable housing units have been created, along with a third one that functions as a parasite. Autonomous as it is, each unit, creates spaces to be used and“lived”in the maximum, keeping in mind the parameter of the minimum needs of its transfer, as well as the one of the living time -possibly prolonged- in such a situation. Nevertheless, combined with each other, the units not only cover the adaptability issue, according to the needs of every family, but also create common public or semi-public spaces that can alter the behavior of the complex to an equivalent of an “urban web”. CONTRIBUTION concept sketches 2D plans physical models DEsign

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| unit’s plans |

Worth mentioning is also the fact that great emphasis that has been put on the funtional independence of the unit, as each of them consists of an individual water tank and sets of photovoltaic solar panels. As far as the organisation of a residential “neighborhood” is concerned, a clearly space-defined web units is proposed. A web whose characteristics of configuration do not aim to form a de facto situation at an urban scale, but a set in flux, which will fire the application of similar gestures of residential design. These gestures can not only be used as a solution to the immigrants’ housing problem but also introduce an innovative way to fill semi-urban voids and different spaces each time, depending on the situation.

| 3d and details of a unit |


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| indicative organisation of units |

| the medical centre |

In the same morphological context, the medical center is being resolved, so as to provide the resources and the functional aspects required to cover any medical emergency of the site residents.


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| models |


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From design to construction Hotel Spa and Resort Team Afroditi Manakou, Eleni Gatou, Eleni Gklinou Year 2010 In this course we were tasked to design a hotel complex. The concept behind the composition was the creation of ‘ rings ‘ which were interpreted as volumes. Dominant element of the composition was the “ swinging “ of the ground floors harboring the rooms over the water element. This dynamic element ensures direct contact with the water, which is a key objective of the proposed solution. From the beginning, and driven by our observations from our site visit, we tried to separate the functions and according to the requirements of the building program, we proceeded to the separation of public and private uses both at buildings’ volumes and in the topographical layout on the plot (the different uses placed in both parts of the plot). Thus each volume serves a different function, but at the same time all are direct communication with one another because of the nodes created by their intersection. During the course of the synthetic process, and wanting to split the orthogonal grid that had been created, we added an additional axis parallel to the shoreline. The shaft is part of a route that leads to an additional unit, which serves the marina and is connected with it. Regarding the landscape, it follows the orthogonal grid of the building set, with paths both for vehicular transportation and for walking. Finally , the linearity and simplicity of the volumes enhance the use of particular materials on the facades of the buildings. Thus, the sections hosting public activities are shaped by exposed concrete while on the other hand, the sections of buildings with the rooms are lined with wooden elements. The use of wood is also located on the west side of this building where wooden rotating blinds are installed for shading reasons.

CONTRIBUTION concept sketches 2D plans physical model

| masterplan and section |


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| typical suite |

| bathing unit |

The special relation that the hotel has with water enabled the creation of a bathing unit, where visitors can get the feeling of ‘‘bathing in the sea’’. The waters of Thessaloniki are not suitable for swimming therefore offering a spa seemed imperative. Every user can use an individual room, while there are also changing rooms both for men and women. Additionally a swimming pool also complement the unit which is also located close to the seaside.


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Theatre and Cultural Spaces Muse’s House Team Afroditi Manakou, Eleni Gklinou, Veatriki Gavrielatou Year 2011

CONTRIBUTION concept sketches 2D plans 3D visuals

| theatre in its neighborhood | The Department of Theatrical Studies, which belongs to the School of Fine Arts of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, offers systematic studies both in theory and practice of theater. Housing its spaces , however, is performed in a queer way. An old building in the center of Thessaloniki is the daily meeting place and activity center of students . Therefore the need for proposing a new theatrical school and a play area seemed imperative. The proposed site is located in the heart of the historic city center of Thessaloniki at Tsimiski street. DEsign

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Considering the difficulty caused by the angle at the intersection of Tsimiski and Ethnikis Aminis- streets, one of the first thoughts for the composition is the introversion . The creation of volumes that would divert traffic to an internal microclimate and receive correctly the uses imposed by a building program of such complexity and scale . This desire for introversion is translated into the creation of an internal “square”, which despite the fact that it belongs to the school, will be purely public. This dimension is crucial because there are few public spaces in the city center which citizens can enjoy. Especially in the city center, where a variety of functions are located, both services and leisure, such a space can be appreciated by everyone. The previous arguments led to the final form which follows the adjacent sketch . The composition consists of two volumes, with maximum height of four floors ( 16.50 m ). One of them is robust and based on the ground while offering a resting place to the second one which forms an atrium facing the street. Thus the desired creation of a “ hug “ -like internal square is achieved. The main functional functions are located on the streetside, while all the recreational ones are facing the internal public space, both for sound protection and for enjoying the internal view. Additionally the theater, with all its facilities, occupies the ground floor and basement of the lower volume, so it could work independently from the educational facilities throughout the day.

| theatre’s plans |


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Introduction to Swedish Planning Renewed Hattholmen Team Afroditi Manakou Year 2018 The district was a former industrial area, therefore the ground is still contaminated. We were tasked to design a new mixed function area which should follow some specific guidelines. Some of them are: 1. We should use floor-to-area ratio of e = 0.8 2.The use of building area may be as follows: Residential 80 % Office 15 % Retail and services 5% 3. Also include pre-school of 3 groups in total 600 sq.m The first step for the development the area will be to cleanse the soil out of all dangerous substances. Furthermore a raingarden is proposed to be located in the area both for enhancing the biodiversity of Hattholmen and for recreational purposes. Taking all aforementioned into consideration the new area was designed, consisting from buildings of maximum five storeys, respecting the identity of the adjacent areas.

| proposal’s diagramms |



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The area will provide mostly houses but also services. Regarding housing, there will be the option not only for appartments but also for single-family houses. The traffic network will be denser while a bus line will alter its original route so as to offer bus stops thus making commuting easier for the users. Between the individual buildings there are no borders so everyone can enjoy all the open spaces according to the Swedish model. All the aforementioned combined with job opportunities will turn Hattholmen into a more sustainable area touching all three pillars (environmental, social and economic).

| proposed transport grid|

| map of functions |

| illustration of the site |

People will be able to enjoy the view since the open spaces are numerous and activities are located close to the shoreline. The new marina will enhance both the economy and the recreation of the whole area and at the same time it will work as a touristic attraction.


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| detail of an indicative block |

The pre-school is located in close proximity to the raingarden and also has its own open green space, so as children could play in the natural environment. Last but not least, the taller buildings are placed on the side of the high-way not only for sound protection but also in order not to disturb the view to the sea.


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Urban landscapes Activating Karlskrona’s rural-urban fringe Team Afroditi Manakou, Ahmed Hasan Sakkhor, Judith Oginga Achieng Year 2018

| distinct areas|

Karlskrona City is a growing urban node in the capital of Blekinge County, Sweden. It is known as Sweden’s only baroque city and hosts Sweden’s only remaining naval base as well as the headquarters of the Swedish Coast Guard. With increased population and advanced development, the city can no longer confine it`s growth within its traditional borders. As the city grows and begins to join up with the rural areas surrounding the city, a distinct (so called) rural-urban fringe environment is created with multifunctional uses and character. After analyzing the site acording to the five dimensions as described by Gallent (historic, aesthetic, economic, socio-cultural and ecological) we were called to develop the site using strategic principles. We used existing frameworks and policies in order to embrace and celebrate the unique attributes of the area, always having sustainability as a core guideline.

CONTRIBUTION concept mapping visuals

| mapping of the site |


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| strategies and policies |

Vision A multifunctional fringe where people are healthy, wealthy and included.

Objectives 1. To create a multifunctional fringe whose activities complement each other (complementary functionality) 2. To enhance the recreational quality of the fringe and make it accessible for all 3. To increase economic opportunities for communities within the fringe 4. To promote sustainable development of the fringe through strategic partnerships and funding mechanisms

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Scale The quantification of multi-functionality is dependent on the spatial scale of analysis. Our scope is at the district level because the analysis was limited to this level. We cannot assume that the conditions on the northern fringe are the same for the entire stretch of Karlskrona`s Fringe area.

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| indicative placement of proposed funtions |


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independent project


Renovation of a single-family house (in progress) Ionian summer retreat Team Afroditi Manakou, Veatriki Gavrielatou Year 2018 The existing building is located in the Ionian Greek island named Kefalonia. The customer requested a renovation of his summer house, having as main wish to contain four bedrooms. The existing house’s situation is quite bad and after consulting a civil angineer while keeping in mind greek regulations, what seemed unavoidable was to keep the main structure for static reasons, as long as the tiled roof.

We procceded with suggesting a small extension while also including an additional outer unit that will house a both a storage room for the collected vegetables of the field and a barbeque. Site specificity was always under discussion, therefore the selected materials (stone, wood, colours) reflect local style while having at the same time a modern touch.

proposed floor plan

CONTRIBUTION concept sketches 2D plans 3D visuals

existing floor plan


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| floor plan and landscape |

| interior illustrations |

The entrance’s hallway has a welcoming arch which is very typical in local greek architecture. The majority of the heavy furniture (such as beds, couch, wardrobes) are built and custom made from the same material used for the wall coating. Linearity and modern touches were selected for this project, in the attempt to combine traditional Ionian architecture with the contemporary context.


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| exterior illustrations |


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other projects


Graphic Design Logotypes and artwork




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Magician’s dream

Time’s up

Newborn Nature

My paintings’ inspiration is absolutely personal. My style has influences of abstract and surreal art, therefore the subjects aren’t real but based on dreams and own experiences. The basic materials I use are plastic, oil and acrylic colors. I am fascinated by symbolism and I always try to imply this notion in my art.



When it comes to sketching, I mostly enjoy realism. I love studying lights and shadows and the way they interact one with another.


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Workshop _Residing in the corridors Bench designed and built as an installation for a corridor of the architecture school in Thessaloniki.


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Embryo Sculpture made ​​of styrofoam and the use of knifes and cutters.

The dancer Doll made from pieces of cloth and stuffed with cotton



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Diploma’s research thesis Paradoxical Depictions of spaces | visual illusions and tricks from Escher to Koolhaas In this thesis I attempt to translate artistic and architectural projects using the theory of deconstruction as an analytical tool. Art and architecture often share same principles and here is observed that the creators of the projects sometimes may have as objective to impress and provoke the viewers. What are the tricks that create the illusions and how visible are they to the viewers? Impossible and incomprehensible spaces are put under study and being explored through the lens of bipolars.

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Many creators (artists, architects and so forth) have tried to achieve what’s impossible and attribute reality based on their own data and especially their particularly diffuse imagination. They attempted to lead their audience to the creation of questions, intrigue their curiosity and make them wonder what is true and what is not. During Renaissance, the perspective was studied and decoded, resulting in the depiction of space at the maximum realistic level. Over the centuries we have not only seen this very intention to retreat, but conversely an attempt for distortion of the space took place. Furthermore their objective was the creation of visual and consequently ideollogical illusions and the overthrow of dominant standards. Until the end of the 19th century there has been a strong reflection on perspective, the reforms and more generally on visual perceptions. Many artists, in their attempt to provoke and stimulate viewers, have tried to create imposible and incomprehensible spaces which sometimes not only do not follow any logic, but they endeavor to crush it. Spaces where the laws of physics or even of common sense do not seem to apply. In order to achieve the above, sometimes attempts of confusion of notions such as up/down, in/out, hollow / convex and so forth, took place. This is where the case-by-case application of the laws of optics and perpspective enable the creation of such situations that create a new reality. In turn this leads the receiver to a situation that s/he has to face and recognize automatically, based on the reserve of performances and images s/he has recorded as known. Such effortsearch from artists has never met any end, but on the contrary it continues up to this day. Nowadays along with the technological development and based on the amount of knowledge gained regarding how to achieve the above optical tricks, image processing programs are being used.

On another analysis, the artists have used the function of bipolars, which in turn, lead to ambiguity and confusion. Ambiguity consists the basis and main focus of deconstruction. The term deconstruction, which resists itself in the idea of any attempt to attribute a formal definition, was developed by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida in the middle of the 20th century, and refers to different “approaches” and “readings” of a text. Deconstruction is more focused on the ambiguity and on the contradiction of meaning, while aspiring to reveal the multiple levels of meaning in language. According to the French philosopher Jacques Derrida1, western (philosophical and everyday) thinking, is structured on the basis of fundamental dichotomies: good / evil, be / zero, presence / absence, truth / error, identity / difference, mind / matter, man / woman, soul / body, life / death, nature / culture, speech / writing. The opposing members of these pairs are not equal entities independent of each other. The second member is considered to be the degenerate one, unwanted, outcast and negative version of the first, (absence is lack of presence, evil is the fall from good, and so forth). The members of each pair do not have just the opposite meaning, but there is hierarchy between them, in such a way so that the former is the precursor to the latter while having the temporal and qualitative meaning of the term. This priority always privileges unity, identity, directness, temporal and local presence versus difference, aspect, displacement, procrastination, postponement. In conclusion, Western metaphysical thought has identified Being as a presence. The basic dichotomies which structure the theoretical reason that seeks to be strict are ruled (“extension”of K. Gödel’s theorem) by an “undecidable” regime. So we come back to the artistic creation, that takes or not into account the theory of Derrida, which used the dipoles and seems to have succeeded in quiestioning the meanings and the principles that are embraced as established, and led to what was mentioned earlier as undecidable. Therefore, using the dipoles as analytic form, in this research paper, I will quote certain examples of various authors from 1600 up to today, in which the implementation of the above becomes apparent.

Merleau-Ponty and Derrida: Intertwining Embodiment and Alterity




Master’s research thesis The phenomenon of rural depopulation in the Swedish landscape: Turning the trends

Blekinge Institute of Technology Karlskrona Sweden 2018

The phenomenon of rural depopulation in the Swedish landscape Turning the trends Master’s Degree Thesis in Sustainable Urban Planning FM 2585

Author: Afroditi Manakou

The objective of the study is to explore the phenomenon of rural depopulation and more specifically to find out what are the methods that a region can apply in order to reverse it. Rural depopulation is a phenomenon that started taking place at the beginning of the century in Sweden. Lately the interest about urbanization and how to deal with it has increased tremendously, thus rural population decline was neglected. Some researchers though identified the problematic situation and the threats behind the phenomenon. The present paper focuses on Sweden, a country which is one of the most sparsely populated in Europe and where the phenomenon is also observed. Even though the overall population of the country keeps increasing, the number of inhabitants residing in certain peripheral municipalities decreases. The fact that Sweden experienced a significant influx of immigrants and asylum seekers during the last years doesn’t seem to have worked in an alleviating way for rural areas. As argued by previous researchers, this particular group could be a rejuvenating source for depopulated regions. Nevertheless the aforementioned group also seems to prefer relocating to the bigger centers due to better job opportunities. Starting from a research-based view the present paper will attempt to list the patterns advocating why people choose to move, and most importantly study the different initiatives that municipalities can follow in order to turn this trend that rural areas have to encounter.

Supervisor: Sabrina Fredin Date of submission: 22/5/2018


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