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Portfolio

Yorgos Garofalakis

Urban Design_Cartography_Visual Communication


I AM YORGOS I have developed a broad spectrum of skills starting with studies in Planning and Regional Development in Greece and continuing with a Master degree in Urban Design in the challenging environment of the Bartlett – UCL. The educational experience has enabled me to gain a multi-scalar approach on design (from planning and strategic design to master planning and detailed design) and acquire a broad take on technical skills both analytical (G.I.S. systems) and design focused (3D design, visualisation, publication and presentations). In my current position as an Urban Designer in Allies and Morrison I am focused on a mixture of thorough research, communication design and masterplanning. My work is heavily influenced by my personal interest in communication design with a great focus on diagrams, branding, layout design and supporting communication material. I believe that a combination of rigorous research and analysis that leads to a design methodology and a communication language guarantees the success of a project.


RESEARCH

ANALYSIS

DESIGN


EXPERIENCE

E D U C AT I O N

October 2014 - Present

September 2012 - September 2013

Allies and Morrison Urban Designer: focusing on the classic process of urban design, working within the masterplanning team, has offered me the opportunity to learn the technical part of designing. Working within scopes, delivering schemes that comply with local regulations while reaching the goals of the clients December 2013 - October 2014 Buro Happold - HAPPOLD CONSULTING Graduate consultant: HC is mainly focused on strategic planning and economic analysis and design. My personal interest in Analysis, Cartography and Design are the basis of my work. Participating in the analysis process and strategic design has provided me with a strong tool-set of skills in every step of a project.

MArch in Urban Design (with distinction) at UCL-Bartlett. Master’s dissertation: “Thresholds of the common” September 2006 - February 2012

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Bachelor and Master in Planning and Regional Development at the University of Thessaly, Greece.

SKILLS ArcGIS, Adobe Suite, Rhinoceros, AutoCad, Microstation Final Cut Pro, V-Ray Processing, Grasshopper, HTML5, CSS

LANGUAGES Greek: mother tongue English: fluently Spanish: proficiency German: basic


I WOULD LOVE TO SHOW YOU MY WORK IN PERSON AND DISCUSS WITH YOU Feel free to contact me to arrange a meeting to show you my work in more detail and discuss about how I could possibly contribute to your team.

tel 07428352248 mail george.garofalakis@gmail.com


I consider research to be the initial state of every project, a thorough research from different sources not only informs the design output but it can create communication elements that simplify and present complicated information in a concrete and condense way. Investigating an urban environment can be a complex process it’s always import to understand what elements are available, most up to date and relevant to each project.


RESEARCH


Private Land Development

Infrastructure Development

Since 1974, when a legislation was passed that gave each commune the right to develop the land it owned. The outcome is a curious pattern of attached or freestanding two- or threestory houses, densely packed together

The pressing issues of the 1830s consisted of lodging military troops and cutting through the necessary arteries to enable rapid manoeuvres.

Casbah Alteration

Protection Due to frequent attacks from Europe, The Ottomans under the powerful corsairs Aruj & Khayr Al-Din built a continuous wall enclosing the Casbah from all sides, including the seaside. Access points were limited to 5 five gates.

The upper part of the town was left practically untouched, the lower part underwent certain transformations that accentuated the pre-existing division during the colonial period.

Organic Development The cubic structures of the Casbah were built organically throughout time, attaching one to the other cascading along the rising topography. With t h e tow n ’ s b o rd e r b e i n g f i xe d b y fortifications, it developed vertically into a high-density settlement.

The Start of Urbanism Tr u e Fre n c h u r b a n i s m i n A l g i e r s originated with the carving of a Place du Gouvernement and the widening of three main streets off this square that led to the main gates:.

Housing Shortage The squatter house or the shanty towns, otherwise known as the bidonville, was a response to the migration of indigenous people from the countryside to the urban centres enforced by the housing shortage.

T h e Te n u r e o f M a y o r C h eva l l i e r : 1953–58 These years marked an intense housing co n s t r u c t i o n p ro g ra m towa rd t h e local population producing high rise development projects.

Plan de Constantine: 1958–61 Fifty thousand housing units per year were projected, as compared to the eighteen thousand built in 1958. This quantity dictated that the form of housing be large blocks exclusively.

Algerian Social Housing

The Gulf Recipe

The concept of ZHUN followed the lines of urban planning in Algiers and continued the main ideas of the grand ensembles. Due to the serious problem of the lack of housing and the ongoing problem of Bidonvilles compromises were made at their construction.

An armed conflict between the Algerian government and various Islamist rebel groups which began in 1991.

The ‘Gulf Recipe’, as a formula for urban development, has arrived in Algiers after an attempt to open the market to foreign investments as well as the aspiration to import celebrated development models from other cities, usually with the aid of foreign consultants.

Independence

Civil War

Open Market

Social Housing Ottoman Rule 1516

Algiers, UD course

Mimika, Buro Happold

Algerian War

French Rule 1830

1930

1954

1962

1991

2002


TIMELINE I consider analysis as a process of understanding the underlying meaning and key elements of a particular area through time and space. When you study space there is a vast amount of data that you have to digest and pick the most important moments through time that influenced space. A timeline is a great tool that allows not only a quick way for communicating the research process but also allows us to clearly state the key facts.


The chronological study of the urban evolution of Algiers was followed by Thematic typological. The emphasis on the type as a basis of the research allowed for a further understanding of the genotype, be it a type of public space, infrastructure, cultural element, housing unit, or climatic design element. This section summarizes the outcomes of the research and analysis, with a greater focus on the housing typologies examined by our group.

TYPOLOGICAL RESEARCH Algiers, UD course

LOW RISE COURTYARD HOUSE

MEDIUM RISE COURTYARD BLOCK

LOW RISE HOUSE

MEDIUM RISE LINEAR BLOCK

MEDIUM RISE LINEAR BLOCK

HIGH RISE APARTMENT TOWER


Papua has a rather complicated system of laws and regulations, a system that is not clearly defined in terms of hierarchy and importance. A significant part of the project was to unlock and understand the legislation system of the area within which created the guidelines of the project.

REGULATORY SYSTEM Mimika, Buro Happold

EXISTING LAWS AND REGULATIONS MINISTRY OF FORESTRY

MINISTRY OF MARINE & FISHERIES

BAPPENAS

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT

Forestry Act 32/2004

Coastal and Island Management Act

Autonomy Act 12/2008

New Shipping Law Act 17/2008

Environmental Protection and Management Act 32/2009

Shipping covers ports, sea and coast guard, community involvement, marine & environmental protection.

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT

MINISTRY OF MARINE & FISHERIES

Degree 73/2012

Amendment 1/2014

National Strategy for the Indonesian Mangrove Ecosystem Management

on Environmental Protection and Management is to create sustainable development through planning, rational exploitation, development, maintenance, restoration, supervision and control

is to protect, conserve, rehabilitate, and utilize the resources of coastal and small islands in sustainable manner.

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Sofifi Platen Spitsen

Tembagapura

Opitawak

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1.1 Intergrated Agricultural Zones

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1.2 Fisheries Zones

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1.3 Fast-growing Economic Zone in Pomako

2. Strategic Area - Socio Culture 2.1

Teluk Bintuni

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2.1 Preservation Zone of Kamoro Tribe 2.2 Oreservation Zone of Amungme Tribe 2.3 Preservation Zone of Villages Community

3. Strategic Area - Environmental Aspect Support

Ambon

Timika

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3.1 Iwaka watershed

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3.2 Urumuka Watershed

Regency Boundary District Boundary

Timika area

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1.1 1.3 2.1 3.3

Kowongapibu

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Administrative Boundaries

National Strategic Area

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1. Strategic Area - Economics pointview

Banda Dora

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Mimika Regency Strategic Area

Sorong

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2.3

2.1 2.2

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2.3

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Lorentz National Park

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Kualakencana

Papua Province Strategic Area Asmat Area - Mimika

Bhintuka

Peat Swamp Area

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3.3 Wania Watershed

3.4

3.4 Wania Selamat Datang Watershed

Mangrove forest area Wangirja Iwaka Limauasri Maena Muktipura

Kamora

Pigapu Ayuka Tipuka

Indonesia Plan

Mimika Regency Forestry Map

Mimika Regency Strategic Plan BAPPENAS

GOVERNMENTAL PLANS

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May 2013 Forestry Map Timika

PTFI REGULATION DOCUMENTS

AMDAL Environmental Imapact Analysis

Environmental Management Plan

Environmental Monitoring Plan

Mine Closure Plan

PTFI Environmental Policy Statement 2012

Spatial Plan Landscape for Papua Management Plan

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The analysis of a site or rather a spatial situation is the initial step of the design process, identifying key issues and analyzing spatial data can lead a more rigorous approach in the design process. Responding to spatial issues is a complicated process that can lead to great frustration, basing it on analyzed data that would support the creative process not only creates a well supported project but a necessary confidence.


ANALYSIS


MAIN ISSUES Algiers, UD course

Identifying the main issues of the city of Algiers was an important step for our design process that made us concentrate and address solutions that actually dealt responded to what we had initially identified.

1. Current housing delivery system Although the most dominant form of housing development is state led in Algiers, there have been some exceptions of privately developed housing as well. There are three main models in which housing is developed privately as alternatives due to insufficient supply of state led housing:

2. Lack of Structural Flexibility & Spatial Adaptability The type of the imported high-rise apartment block develops a smaller building plan while increasing in height. It limits any structural and spatial adaptability, which would allow the resident to somehow achieve adaptability within the structure of their housing unit.

3. Monotonous Developments The lack of time and expertise for design sensibility, quality control, and legacy planning have been a driving reasons behind the use of monotonous imported housing models


4. Non-Functional Communal Spaces The current implemented housing developments result in unclear responsibility within the housing block’s residents and lack of communal space management. Therefore, outdoor spaces remain poorly maintained and seldom used, increasing isolation and disintegration within the members of the community.

5. Exacerbating Sprawl The majority of housing developments are moving towards distant sites towards the outskirts of the city. Residents become reliable on vehicular transportation to the city centre and distant amenities, again creating disconnected communities.


Further into the analysis process and stemming from the identified issues we identified the key elements that would affect our final scheme in terms of our project area.

SITE ANALYSIS Algiers, UD course

1. Socioeconomic and administrative borders

2. Urban Limits

3. Open and vacant spaces

Demographic distribution varies between upper class, middle class, and low class residential districts; each with a make up of varying housing typologies. However, social fragmentation occurs due to the introverted and autonomous nature of each district.

The territory of El Harrach River is not only fragmented socioeconomically, but also spatially. Major infrastructure has caused this spatial fragmentation throughout the El Harrach river area.

El Harrach river is one of the major urban voids and sites of under-development within the built up, urban fabric of Algiers. Along the river are numerous leftover and undeveloped sites as well as degraded building sites.


4. Land Uses A survey across the El Harrach region was carried out to identify the main land uses currently present. As anticipated, the urban fabric is mainly occupied by residential uses. Most of the residential districts are isolated from the riverbanks by crossing infrastructure lines.


I considering creating maps and diagrams an amazing tool to represent spatial data and key information of a project. Simplifying complex information and showing only what is essential is a powerful tool of communication.

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The design process is a quite complicated part of a project, inspiration can always come from different sources or ideas. But as designers we should always attempt to create a rigorous system of thinking and presenting a proposal.


DESIGN


Illustration - Collage

TYPOLOGICAL APPROACH Algiers, UD course

The typological prototypes are designed to vary between three different categories: housing and commercial or civic amenities, housing and industrial activities, and housing and agriculture activities. The hybrid types create the main building block of the design intervention


VISUALIZATIONS Algiers, UD course


MASTERPLAN Algiers, UD course

The Existing Condition

Circulation network

The existing condition includes different urban fabrics each with a distinct character and form. Further challenging components of the existing condition are heavy infrastructure, including rail lines and vehicular highways. The river at its current state remains poorly bridged with degraded conditions along both riverbanks.

The proposed organization of the housing intervention assures connectivity between different edges, districts, as well as along and across the river. The attempt is to bridge not only the river, but the fragments between main civic programs and different housing districts.

Built fabric and programs The proposed organization of the housing intervention assures connectivity between different edges, districts, as well as along and across the river. The attempt is to bridge not only the river, but the fragments between main civic programs and different housing districts.

Landscape element & common ground The landscape component expands the territory of intervention to tie in existing adjacent programs such as schools, sports facilities, and civic centres. The variation in the landscaping e l e m e n t co r re s p o n d s to d i f fe re n t u r b a n characters and hierarchy of open spaces.


MATERIALITY Algiers, UD course


MASTERPLAN Wadi Al Aqeeq, Buro Happold


Additionally to my studies I have completed several personal projects. I am strongly interested on the use of images and communication design. From the branding of a shop to the research process through pictures I consider all tools that can be part of potential new and exciting projects.


ADDITIONAL WORK


VIDEOGRAPHY MArch in Urban Design


Personal Project


BRANDING Personal Project


LOGO DESIGN Personal Project


EXHIBITION DESIGN MArch in Urban Design


PHOTOGRAPHY Personal Project, Morocco


MODEL MAKING


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Design Portfolio  

Having as a starting point my studies on Planning and Regional Development I’ve learned how to react to large scale projects dealing with th...

Design Portfolio  

Having as a starting point my studies on Planning and Regional Development I’ve learned how to react to large scale projects dealing with th...

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