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Giamarelos Stylianos "City Fix. From Filoppapos to Ardittos"

An urban-design exercise that – starting off from a contemporary condition filled with contradiction (a building - formerly characterized as an “urban event”, now paying a passing resemblance to a decapitated ghost of its previous self – that, in a period spanning already three decades now and despite the plethora of discussions, studies and competitions about it, remains entirely cut off from the city in an area where, on the contrary, the urban flows are dense and reach a peak) – drives itself towards equally contradictory observative decisions of intervention, which flow from continuous redescription and constant paradigm shifts, in the form of alternative extreme scenarios that reconsider the relation of the building with the city, in an effort of cognitively “mapping” the field of possibilities of action at the architects’ disposal.

A dialogue with previous projects and proposals conducted for the area so far quickly reveals that the alternative extreme scenarios push the envelope, widening the frame of the ongoing architectural discussion, and simultaneously drives the research towards an as-yet-“unmapped” and in great degree previously unexplored direction: that of the invasion of the urban grid and flows into the “urban island” that is the site of the Fix factory today, resulting in a gradual dematerialisation of the existing decapitated building to the concluding point of complete eradication.

The proposal of the insertion of a duo of “green flows” that serves to connect the hills of Filopappos and Ardittos bestows the site with the role of an intermediate, realised in space as a sequence of plateaus, that in turn connects the two main pedestrian ways: a non-building townscape in the form of a spatial materialization of the two new flows that are inserted into the city, a public space that simultaneously hosts an “open-air city museum” in an interactive relationship with its immediate urban environment, that – quite in the same manner as this whole Diploma thesis – acts as an urban provocation by suggesting a dynamic way of understanding the city in relation to the evolution of its architecture and nature.