ecological corridor for thessaloniki 2011

An Ecological Corridor for Thessaloniki (2011)

Thessaloniki ECOWEEK 2011 – Urban Communities + Green Architecture – International Workshop for Architecture & Design

Individual Analysis – by Stefanie Leontiadis
The main goal of this initial analysis is to study the historical maps and urban organization of the city in order to find sequences of development, as guidelines for the natural characteristics of the city of Thessaloniki, and the emphasis of green infrastructure and public open urban space sequences.  As the phasing and developmental sequences of urban thinking should fall along the lines of ‘seeding’, ‘infrastructure’, ‘programming’ and ‘adaptation’, it seems crucial to extract images of layering and hierarchical urban configurations and reference points for flexible strategies. As Colin Rowe suggests, the priority of urban configurations should be according to the landscape, especially when concerned with ecological values.
The main considerations of the following illustrations include:
- study of emergence of characteristic linkages between activity and spatial patterns in human settlements; such linkages, when repeated over time, form islands of local order structuring the larger patterns of global, ecological and economic flows
- creating layers of meaning for current production
- understanding the sense of shifting, and the changing of urban morphologies
- studying the new or uniform re-combinations and hybridizations of the city structure
- considering Christopher Girot’s three main forces of’ ‘degeneration’, ‘permanence’ and ‘transformation’, for a new understanding (“Vision in Motion; Representing Landscape in Time” in The Landscape Urbanism)
The historical urban infrastructure and urban green, are being superimposed on the existing conditions of public open urban green in order to study the historical sequences of urban traffic circulation in relation to opportunities of outdoor involvement and green awareness. The goal is to suggest a green continuity and emphasize the character of the city in terms of ecological organization.
Key words/phrases: medium of resistance to placeless urbanization, regionalism of resistance, landscape medium, adaptation, emergence of settlement patterns, urban ecologies, morphological patterns
Studying the landscape: The hybridization of natural and cultural systems on an interconnected scale. The study aims to speculate the existing conditions of urban morphology as a means to reconcile modernity to place, understanding rhizomatic roots, and expanding the ecological growth of the city of Thessaloniki. The analysis provides the foundation of design processes, strategies and network flows. Taking into consideration the articulation of complexity of the whole, the goal is to contemplate the contemporary means of visual thinking, and create significant ‘spaces in between’ as moving picture frames  (fixed frames and vistas).
Key considerations and key phrases:
- instrumental land forms
 – guiding flood flows
- pedestrian movement
- water runoff
- representational land forms
- formative processes of site (erosion/ deposition, construction/ settlement)
Physical and symbolic qualities to consider:   morpho-typological, technological, geographical, environmental, visual, iconic, exploration, inspection, photographic/ metric survey, analysis of maps
Workshop group project leaders: George Hargreaves (principal), Io Karydi (associate).
Group project members: Gauri Avasak, Asini Chatzivasileiou, Charalampos Kazas, Myrto Lambrou, Petros Lazaridis, Stefanie Leontiadis, Maria Pachi, Anna Papadopoulou, Despina Pippa, Milica Stojanovic, Ourania Tzala
Consultant: Vasilis Maroulas

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