Volos, GR | 2013

Volos in the Extremes

urban design masterclass
26 – 31 October 2013
Volos, Greece

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“Volos in the Extremes” was an international urban design masterclass open to students towards the end of their studies, recent graduates, and professionals in architecture, urban design, and related design/project-oriented fields concerned with the study of the city and urban intervention. The masterclass was organised through the collaboration of an international team of professionals and academics, and it was hosted by the Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly, in Volos.

The point of departure for this master class is the challenges faced by the city in response to the global economic crisis. As the predominant model of development, in Greece and around the world, is severely challenged, we are presented with a unique opportunity to re-invent it: to shift from growth to sustainability, from market-dependency to self-sufficiency, from individually-motivated consumption to publicly-useful production, a whole new paradigm is longing to emerge. How will the city respond to it? And how can urban design and programming contribute to this very emergence?

Through a 6-day programme of group work, site visits, lectures, and social events, the master class, organised into units, produced a set of urban design proposals for different areas of Volos. Units focused on different geographies of the city, ranging both in scale and location, from building typology to the structure of the urban grid, and from the city’s water edge to its peripheral ‘strip’ extensions. Seen in its entirety, this set of final projects constituted an extensive and thorough urban intervention proposal for the whole city.

Considering the crisis as a trigger to the re-invention of the city itself, we invite participants to use the tools of city-making in proposing radical urban scenarios for an uncompromising future.

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Masterclass units

UNIT 1 - Den(c)I(ty)fication | The Ortogonal Urban Grid

TUTORS: Carlo Pisano, Sotiria Alexiadou | PARTICIPANTS: Alexander Alexiou, Eleni Maria Barmpalia, Šárka Dolezalová, Christina Fratzeskou, Tatiana Kaisidou, Alexandra Ktenidou, Evgenia Kutsentsova (Schreiber), Olga Tsagkalidou

UNIT 2 - Urban Edges I | The Waterfront

TUTORS: Yiorgos Papamanousakis, Chrysa Papasarantou | PARTICIPANTS: Natalia Stepanova, Eleni Lionaki, Dafni Skyrgianni, Stella Sofokleous, Effie Nicolaou, Kay Aber, Paraskeui Karamitrou, Foteinu Charla

  • UNIT 1 - Urban Block Typology I | Historical Core Building Block Typology
UNIT 3 - Urban Edges II | The Ring Road and the Peri-urban Landscape

TUTORS: Veronica Saddi, Vasiliki Tsioutsiou | PARTICIPANTS: Christina Kourousia, George Papamathaiakis, Manos Paravoliasis, Elena Kasselouri, Marenia Zacharopoulou, Elina Oikonomaki, Dafni Delfaki

  • UNIT 2 - Urban Block Typology II | Typical Urban Building Block Typology
UNIT 4 - Urban Typology I | Building Block Typology

TUTORS: Fabiano Micocci, Carolos Galanos | PARTICIPANTS: Foteini Lenta, Arta Byrtqi, Myrto Thanasi, Filothei Zisopoulou, DImitra Starida, Eleni Tatiana Vasileaidou, Evangelia Papadopoulou, Athina Fousteri

  • UNIT 3 - Open Public Space Typology | An Urban Void
UNIT 5 - Urban Typology II | Open Public Space Typology

TUTORS: Stefanie Pesel, Sotiria Alexiadou | PARTICIPANTS: Mariana Bougonikolou, Chrysa Daflouka, Marisa Daouti, Stefania Kapasaki, Sofia Koukoura, Xenia Kyvelidou, Natasa Lekkou, Negin Salamat, Ivana Zlámalová

  • UNIT 4 - Urban Edge | The Waterfront
UNIT 6 - Production | Industrial Site

TUTORS: Panagiota Mouratidou, Carolos Galanos | PARTICIPANTS Myrto Megaritou, Tomáš Madro, Anastasia Samara, Marilena Mela, Afroditi Nerologou, Varvara Gkoufa, Elena Koroupoli, Athina Rizopoulou, Maria Ioanna Forouli

  • UNIT 1 - Den(c)I(ty)fication | The Ortogonal Urban Grid
UNIT 7 - Urban Edges III | (Dis)conetting Hubs: Harbour and Railway

TUTORS: Marketa Brezovska, Vasiliki Tsioutsiou | PARTICIPANTS: Elias Abou Mrad, Persefoni Kalatzi, Orestis Nikolaos Anastasiou, Maria Charchalaki, Artemis Papachristou, Nina Xiroutsikou, Georgios Garofalakis, Noha Abassy