We had the good fortune of connecting with Evangelos Pantazis and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evangelos, what inspires you?
I am inspired by what I see and observe around me in my everyday life and especially when I am travelling. When in nature, for instance I am usually drawn by patterns that one can see in both the micro and the macro level, which are created by the combination of geological phenomena, weather patterns and human intervention. However, when in an urban context I find myself inspired by observing how crowds move and behave.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My work lies at the intersection of architecture, design and engineering with art and technology being the common vectors that drives it. In its core it attempts to push the boundaries of design across different scales from objects to buildings by detecting indiscernible patterns of data and behaviors and by synthesizing them using computer methods into meaningful artefacts which respect the humane scale and our global ecosystem.
The bifurcations of my career path in many ways reflect the great impact that technology has on the way we live and work and thus the design of the objects we use and the buildings we inhabit. Travelling and living abroad has also influenced what and how I do things as it has challenged me to work and communicate in various cultural environments. Having established a life for even a short period in different places around the world has given me a perspective of how similar we the “earthians” are but also how differently technology is diffused around the globe.
A curiosity for learning new things and my persistence in following through the initial enthusiasm by adapting to the new realities this curious attitude brings you, have resulted into perceiving things more holistically and crossing over different disciplines. It has also made me realize that whether drawing and crafting by hand, or designing algorithm and building something with a robotic hand, one must spend time in getting comfortable with the tool, understand its intricacies and fine tune its parameters.
Inhabiting different places comes also at the cost of separating yourself both from people and places you love and things you have learned, which is a difficult and daunting task yet essential if one wishes to better realize where he/she comes from, as well as what and how much he/she knows. I consider that a hard yet useful step for realizing yourself and for either embracing new realities or appreciating existing ones.
What I have found particular hard is finding the balance of how many of the strings from past experiences you should cut in order to embrace new ones but also finding the appropriate energy for starting fresh. A big lesson I have learned is that although there are seemingly rapid changes especially in the latter years, the rate of personal evolution is rather gradual.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Firstly I would put them in the car and show them around the four ecologies of LA as R. Banham put. I would start from the Autopia (freeway as central feature of a good life), would go on to the Surfurbia (beaches and sunsets); proceed to the Foothills (suburbs; mobility-focused architecture); and end The Plains of Id (flatlands fulfilling the promise of European Modernism);. At each of those places we would navigate freely and based on our interaction and conversations, I would pick a place to eat and drink to enhance that moment. I would also take them with the subway to Downtown LA to show another side of the city and explain how the past meets the future. The tour would end with a road trip in the captivating California Landscape from LA up US395 to the eastern Sierras and down PCH 1 as this would provide another perspective.
Along this trip I would try to arrange meetings and gatherings with a mixture of American and international friends of mine that manifest the cultural patchwork that California is comprised of.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My family for supporting me throughout my journey and for always setting the bar high
Person: Buckminister Fuller
California Designing Freedom / Taschen
The Design of Everyday Things by D. Norman / Basic Books
Paradigms in Computing by D. Gerber & M. Ibanez / Rootledge
Elements of digital Architecture: L. Hovestadt /
Atlas of Novel Tectonics by Reiser and Umemoto
Topotheque, Giorgos Sfakianakis