Famagusta – Rebuilding No Man’s Land, Parametric Urbanism Workshop, 22 Mar. – 12 Apr. 2010

We would like to highlight a workshop which is currently taking place at the University of Cyprus (UCY) in Nicosia. Eight teams from four academic institutions, Architectural Association (AA) School of Architecture ‐ DRL, Dessau Institute of Architecture (DIA), DELFT University of Technology – The Why Factory and the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), are participating in the workshop, which aims in addressing a series of issues related to the re-habitation of Famagusta.  During the 3 weeks of the workshop, students from each University are asked to apply latest technology and advanced digital design tools (parametric software) and fabrication methods to propose an amount of differentiated urban design proposals. Land properties, circulation and future growth are some of the quantifiable parameters under discussion which the participants will attempt to address in relation to unquantifiable factors such as society and collective memory.

The event is expected to offer a new perspective on the case of Famagusta as it is substantially different from previous work related to the issue. Earlier studies have been preoccupied with strategic organisation and technical details and they were mainly focused in resolving issues related to the first days of returning to the city. Although, such plans are indeed of high priority, what seems to be lacking is a vision for the future of the city and a decision making mechanism which would allow the participation of the former inhabitants of Famagusta.

For More Information @: http://www.nomanslandproject.com/

Workshop Outcome (NTUA):

NTUA Team 01:

Coordinator: Dimitris Papalexopoulos | Tutors: Michail Georgiou, Angela Kouveli, Yannis Orfanos, Dimitris Papadopoulos | Team Members: Kimon Antonelos, Electra Kontoroupi, Eleni-Alkisti Victoratou, Christina Voutou, George Rossides

RECorder builds up on a broad imaginary of returning to Famagusta that consists of numberless personal fantasies and intentions for the city’s future. Instead of proposing a top-down model with predefined relations and urban hierarchies, the project investigates a bottom-up design where the whole is formed by local rules that interact and retroact with their inevitable external boundaries. We start by setting the basis for a public negotiation of the emerging conflicts before the point zero of the city’s re-inhabitation. A website locates each user’s desire on a virtual model of Famagusta and adjusts the system accordingly, applying a set of cellular automaton rules that produce different virtual images of the city. The parametric system allows perceiving change as a programmatic condition, to create a machine of becoming that potentializes the relationship between the city and its inhabitants and balances between the common and the personal desire. When Famagusta is finally returned to its inhabitants this virtual collective intelligence space is materialized and dispersed into the city fabric providing a network of physical monads [commons] that foster an open dialogue on the settlement of the urban space.

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NTUA Team 02:

Coordinator: Dimitris Papalexopoulos | Tutors: Michail Georgiou, Angela Kouveli, Yannis Orfanos, Dimitris Papadopoulos | Team Members: Kimon Antonelos, Electra Kontoroupi, Eleni-Alkisti Victoratou, Christina Voutou, George Rossides

F.I.N.G.E.R.S. approach to the revival of Famagusta is based on the idea of green public spaces injected into the city’s sprawled urban fabric. Some of the waterfront buildings that are beyond repair will give way to public space, creating origin points for the transformation of the city. The shadow these buildings cast on the beach, a symbol of Famagusta, will be translated into light platforms re-connecting the sea with the city. From there, green fingers will emerge, energizing unused spaces and reviving highly damaged constructions while creating a network of significant historical reference points in Famagusta The proposal aims at creating the right prerequisites for the city to respond to the booming growth expected in the future, but still continue to offer a high quality of life to its former and prospect inhabitants.

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