Symbiotic Relationships in the space of the Unbuilt

Thessaloniki / Greece / 2013

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The project is my personal graduate design thesis and it was triggered by the bibliographic research I did during my research thesis. It is an experimental approach for the spatial performance of a system with specific features of autonomy and individuality without detaching the communication from the outside. This system has been connected to the case of open spaces, which are most often abandoned urban spaces into the network of Greek cities.


Open spaces are enclosed by the back views of the buildings of the city blocks and they are storage areas and spaces for air conditioning installations, mostly inaccessible, thus creating spots of pollution. The criterion for the choice of the open space was to be in the most often disadvantaged state in terms of accessibility, space and situation. By taking a look at the map of the city of Thessaloniki, someone could easily think of a fading of how active is the unbuilt space from outside to inside, from the streets, to the sidewalks, the resting areas and to the unbuilt spaces of city blocks. In the same time, he could imagine a fading of the privacy from inside out, meaning that an inaccessible unbuilt space is more private than the visitable buildings, and these are more private than the external public space. The aim was to activate the chosen urban space, through the redistribution and the new management of the relationship between how active and how private this space is. By identifying the unbuilt spaces generally within the network of the city and by observing that they resemble alien elements, "parasites" within its normality, the idea of symbiosis was originated. The three categories of symbiosis; commensalism, mutualism and parasitism, constituted the three stages of evolution of the system.


For processing and performing the characteristics of capacity and privacy at these stages, a tool by the name metaballs has been used, which enabled the simultaneous partial and comprehensive observation of the structure and further processing. The idea of symbiosis was organized in order to develop a new system, as a "parasite" on the existing network in order to re-establish the relationship between the activity in the area with the privacy of space. The combined distribution of these two has been achieved by letting the system free, not to follow the boundaries of the properties. The system meets requirements of accessibility, traversing, capacity and privacy. The lower level is more public and attractive in order to invite guests, while the upper level varies in capacity and privacy, depending on the region to which it neighbors. The three types of symbiosis are treated as scenarios of space management or otherwise as a three-stage evolution of the system. The structure offers qualities and capabilities, through a set of links and venues, covering the desire the unbuilt space to become a usable one.


Supervisor: Maria Voyatzaki, Architect, MArch. PhD, RIBA/ARB, Associate Professor School of Architecture Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

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    The project is my personal graduate design thesis and it was triggered by the bibliographic research I did during my research thesis. It is an experimental approach for the spatial performance of a system with specific features of autonomy and individuality without detaching the communication from the outside. This system has been connected to the case of open spaces, which are most often abandoned urban spaces into the network of Greek cities. Open spaces are enclosed by the back views of the...

    Project details
    • Year 2013
    • Work started in 2013
    • Work finished in 2013
    • Status Research/Thesis
    • Type Neighbourhoods/settlements/residential parcelling / Landscape/territorial planning / Exhibition Design / Exhibitions /Installations / Urban Renewal
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