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Portfolio Anthi Skoupra architect engineer selected projects

Table of content Curriculum Vitae Filling the Frontier

2011, Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design, ETHZ, professorship M. Angelil emphasis: Urban strategy, upgrading systems and rural housing typologies location: informal settlement of cidade Ipava, Sao Paulo, Brazil design team: Anthi Skoupra and Ruta Vitonyte

Take the Gap

2010, Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design, ETHZ, professorship M. Angelil emphasis: Masterplan with focus on public space and housing typologies location: peri-urban favela Rio das Pedras, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil design team: Anthi Skoupra and Ruta Vitonyte with Danai Laskari and Christian Calle Figueora

From the Polykatoikia to the Poli- Katoikia

2010, Thesis project, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Engineering, department of Architecture, mentor prof. Dr. C. Spiridonidis, Dr. F. Vavili emphasis: masterplan and typologies/ student residences in Chios location: Daskalopetra area in the suburbs of the city of Chios, Greece design team: Nikos Nikolis and Anthi Skoupra

Urban/ Rural transition

2009, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Engineering, department of Architecture, professor Dr. C. Spiridonidis emphasis: masterplan and typologies/ residences and regional uses location: Kalamaria, east suburb of Thessaloniki, Greece design team: Anthi Skoupra and Sofia Tsagkera

The “plunged� courtyard

2008, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Engineering, department of Architecture, professors: C. Connena, S. Lefaki emphasis: architectural complex/ Spa center and hotel location: Thermi water dump and artificial lake, Thessaloniki, Greece design team: Anthi Skoupra, Sofia Tsagkera and Mirela Chrysovergi

Unfold Containing life

2009, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Engineering, department of Architecture, professors: Dr. F. Vavili, Dr. N. Tsinikas, I. Dova emphasis: Container boxes surviving the extreme condition of tsunami location: Indonesia design team: Fani Ntintoka, Anthi Skoupra and Chryssa Varna

Colour and Light Study of a house

2009, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Engineering, department of Architecture, professors: Dr. Th. F. Toska emphasis: Dialux light study of an interior space, colour study design team: Anthi Skoupra and Anna Tziastoudi

City, Play- Pole

2010, Research thesis project, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Engineering, department of Architecture, mentor prof. Dr. K. Tsoukala emphasis: theories of play, importance of play for the development of the child cognition/ urban public spaces and play as a spontaneous activity for individuals: analysis of examples during the 20th century

Curriculum vitae Contact information Name: Address: Tel. number: E-mail address:

Skoupra Anthi Schwamendingenstrasse 91, 8050, Zürich, Switzerland +41 787995944

Personal information Date of birth: Father’s Name: Mother’s Name: Sibling: Marital Status: Nationality:

23-05-1986 Skoupras Fotios, Orthopedist Skoupra Euaggelia, Physiotherapist Skoupras Alexandros, Student of Engineering Single Greek


2010- 2011: Master of Advanced studies in Urban Design at ETH University of Zürich, Switzerland Educational trips to Brazil, Japan, Singapore, Rome, London, Florence, Berlin 2006-2007: Erasmus student at the School of Architecture in Grenoble, France (Ecole superieure d’ Architecture de Grenoble) 2004 - 2010: Diplome of architect engineer, average mark: 8,92 /higher mark 10lowest passing mark 5/ Thesis mark: 10/ Polytechnic faculty of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, department of Architecture, Greece 2004: Graduate of high school

Professional qualifications

Software knowledge Autocad (2010) / 3DS max (2010) / Archicad (11) / Vray / Sketch Up 7 pro Adobe Photoshop CS4 / Adobe InDesign CS4 / Adobe Illustrator CS4 / Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 / Dialux 4.7 / Microsoft Office 2007/ Supplementary presentation programs Language skills Greek: mother tongue / English: excellent knowledge (certificate of Michigan Proficiency, certificate of Cambridge and Michigan Lower) / French: excellent knowledge and practice (Delf 1, Delf 2) / German: Goethe-Zertifikat B1, ETH Sprachenzentrum course Kommunizieren auf Deutsch, B2


Design projects in: Small- scale synthesis / Interior colour and light / Architectural design / Preservation and Restoration of traditional buildings / Technology of construction / Landscape design / Urban design / Urban planning / Artistic projects / Knowledge on estimating Statics and Metallic constructions / Studies, principally on european, but also worldwide history of Architecture and Art / Theoretical Research Projects on architectural movements, schools and specific architects


March 2011: MAS Workshop with the municipality of Sao Paulo May 2009: Workshop “Textile structures”, organized by Gabi Schillig, teaching at UDK in Berlin and Asterios Agkathidis. Available on the link:

Exhibitions and Conferences

October 2011: Design with the other 90%, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York April 2011: Conference Fragile, Sint Lucas University, Brussels February- March 2011: Exhibition Katoikia “Sxediazo, kataskevazo, skeptomai” in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, participation with the project: “From the Polykatoikia to the Poli- Katoikia”(from the multi- residence block to the city-residence” ,Thessaloniki December 2010: Conference 3rd International Conference:Children And Youth In Changing Societies, participation with the poster “City- Play Pole”, Thessaloniki October 2009: Exhibition of extreme conditions residence design, Argentine October 2009: Exhibition of student proposals for the transformation of the old camps of Thessaloniki into town-parks, Thessaloniki


ETH book of MAS projects in Brazil, pre-press, Ruby press, 2011 AUTH book: ‘The students design the landscape of Thessaloniki for the sustainable development of the city’, Ziti press,Thessaloniki 2009, available on link:

Awards and Competitions

September 2011: MAS First prize in Renova SP competition, for the site Cabucu de Baixo 5, MAS in UD in collaboration with the Brazilian architectural office of Marcelo Oliveira Montoro, available on link: publico/resultado/visualizar May 2011: Tesseract competitions, MAS participation shortlisted in Trash to treasure competition, available on link trash-to-treasure-shortlist/ 2010: ‘From the Polykatoikia to the Poli- Katoikia’ shortlisted amongst the student thesis projects of 2009-2010, which were published in the online magazine 2003-2004: Scholarship from the Institute of National Scholarships in Greece (IKY), for succeeding the first place entering the university

Other Interests

Member of a theatrical group which organizes puppet performances and other cultural events for small and big children / Amateurish photography occupation / contemporary Art / History of Art and Architecture / Theories of architecture / Graphic design / Reading / Travelling

FILLING THE FRONTIER Interior growth of Ipava presented in May 2011 Master of Advanced studies ETH ZĂźrich, Institute for Urban Design professorship M. Angelil ethz in collaboration with Ruta Vitonyte

The project deals with the delimitation of the urban sprawl of the informal settlement of Ipava towards the protected natural area of Guarapiragna basin in Sao Paulo. Growth in shape of urban sprawl should be transferred into growth within the favela’s boundaries!

‘FILLING THE FRONTIER’ Interior growth of Ipava The area of Cidade Ipava is located on the banks of the Guarapiragna Reservoir in the southern area of the city of Sao Paulo. The reservoir provides water to 3.8 million people in Greater Sao Paulo. Between the 1980’s and the 1990’s the absence of clear political laws determining use and occupation of the area contributed to the creation of informal settlements around the reservoir. Untreated human waste and sewage contaminated rivers fed into the reservoir. While the population of Cidade Ipava reached the 24,000 families, the border between the settlement and the landscape has merged in the last years. The proposed urban strategy aims to: • PROTECT the nature. Once a line is defined that limits development, a process of cleaning the surroundings can begin, through reforestation and the removal of polluting activities. • ACTIVATE the settlement. Pockets of public/ private development around the border zone will create strong edges to the nature and cause densification inwards into the existing fabric. • CONNECT the settlement. Open space improvements to the main commercial street, the green corridor along the new stormwater canal, and the paths linking these, will result in a walkable network of public spaces, linking places within the settlement and its inhabitants with nature.

The urban sprawl appears as fragments of settlements without access and infrastructure alongside the access roads.

Stopping the sprawl by defining a border zone between nature and city. This borderzone creates pockets of public or private development reacting to the surrounding conditions of the border. The character of the border varies: it can be a pedestrian path, a landscape element, cultivated land, leisure facilities, public space or residential area- formal or informal / incremental housing.

With a “formal” limit —the Frontier— the sprawl is controlled. The Frontier either merges into the landscape and functions as a pathway, or pops out of the ground and provides facilities for the neighborhood. It creates together with the road a loop for gradual densification. The Frontier-wall is the layout for the growing border zone.

A smart wall that contains amenities helps both: the nature and the dwellers. The wall comes with compost, storage or vertical gardening, responding to the agricultural occupation of the dwellers. The perpendicular to the road pathways — Connectors— have infrastructure included and give access to all the lots of the hill. The slope is reinforced by retaining walls between the connectors which form the levels of the lots. The double lot concept gives the possibility of different spatial constellations. Individual, double and cooperative houses, they all have have a strong connection with green spaces and gardens.

The actual border is constituted by the dwellers settling by the wall. The diagrams show the densification process of the area. The frontier- wall becomes a thick border which prevents the sprawl and creates the desired density of the area. Open spaces, gardens and the provided facilities aim to a new image of the settlement: a low density area, responding to both habitation and agricultural cultivation. Private and communal gardens create local job opportunities, and reestablish the rural identity of the area.


The “rural supply� prototype- Connector aforementioned- is proposed for rural areas with bad accessibility and infrastructure. It is an infrastructural pathway which connects the houses with the road. It is applied to slopes, in order to reinforce the ground stability and as a starting point for incremental densification. It is placed perpendicular to the road and maximizes the accessibility to the properties, which are distributed along the pathway, parallel to the road. The housing units attach to each side of the corridor.



The double plot as two separate plots. Individual houses.

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The double plot as one single connected plot. One single property house with garden extents between two connectors.

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extended family houses

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20m Double0 plots in a5mcomplex. 10m 1m Typology of the “agricultural complex� with shared spaces and facilities for the dwellers.

the retaining walls contain the stairs to move from the one level to the other

the connectors provide the the infrastructure, where a sanitary unit can be attached






TAKE THE GAP urban scenario for the growth of Rio das Pedras, a peri-urban favela of Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro presented in December 2010 Master of Advanced studies ETH Zurich, Institute for Urban Design professorship M. Angelil ethz in collaboration with Ruta Vitonyte, Danai Laskari, Christian Calle Figueroa

Take the gap simulates in its growing scenario the growing procedure of a city with different neighborhoods, densities, character of the areas. Fragments of public spaces, buildings and infrastructural structures are given as starting points for occupation and further expansion. The gap is occupied and given form by the dwellers.

‘ TAKE THE GAP ’ The city as fragment and palimpsest

“Take the gap” is dealing with the “imprint” of the existing urban fabric as a trigger point for future expansion. With the hypothesis that the population of Rio das Pedras doubles until 2050, we predict the ground expansion of the settlement in fragments- neighborhoods, each one of a different character. The concept of fragmented – acupunctured city is an approach for physically separate but functionally networked centers. The fragments correspond to different scenarios of expansion and their “atmosphere” varies from very intimate and private to social and public. Combining different densities and open space qualities of the existing urban fabric, we propose a new city with diverse structures. The transformation starts from the inside favela with the rehabilitation of the river area and it expands with the generation of the external fragments. In each fragmented area we propose the creation of ‘smaller fragments’, that will grow in phases, starting from a given structure- public space, part of a building, infrastructure, etc.

Rio das Pedras

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area with a focus to public facilities

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Each city pattern has its individual qualities and challenges. By overlapping different urban patterns, extracted from subregions of the existing urban fabric, we create a patchwork masterplan with diverse urban fabric. The transformation starts from the first fragment into the old favela with the rehabilitation of the river area as a recreational and cultural space and the proposal of a pedestrian commercial street (A). It expands with the generation of the external fragments. The open space network continues to the ‘green, fragment’ characterized by low density and open space qualities (B). The next fragment has big density and intensity of commercial activities and public functions in the peripheral lots, while in the middle of the blocks residential uses are proposed (C)- similar to the existing favela. Big open spaces destined for domestic farming and agriculture are proposed for the fragment (D). A participative model of new construction method production is applied to a real scale experimental area (E) with main focus the quided self-construction and the use of local material.

Just division of the plots Only ground slab provided. Families can build a temporary shelter.

30% built- 70% self-built Starting from the shop. Lot, floor slabs, separation walls, staircases. Potential for a commercial area.

30% built- 70% self-built Starting from the shop. Potential commercial area

Public market Infrastructure and grid provided. 80% built- 20% self-built Complete house without interior walls/facades Ready to move in.

80% built- 20% self-built Complete house without interior walls/ facades. Ready to move in.

30% built- 70% self-built Typology starter base Division of the lots Basic unit Small room, kitchen, bathroom

Formal building Public function Only in peripheral lots


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After fragments of the projected neighborhood are set, people can fill in their individual dwellings. This principle is flexible enough to create different densities and characters. Various basic typologies can be implemented and customized.

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FROM THE POLYKATOIKIA TO THE POLI- KATOIKIA student residences in Chios Thesis project, presented in September 2010 Participated in the symposium: “Residence: design, construction, concept� AUTH, department of architecture, Shortlisted in a student competition: online magazine available on professors: C. Spyridonidis, F. Vavyli in collaboration with Nikos Nikolis

‘ FROM THE POLYKATOIKIA TO THE POLI- KATOIKIA’ (= from the multi- residence to the city- residence)

Student residences in Daskalopetra, Chios

Daskalopetra is located on the outskirts of the city of Chios, 15 kilometers from its center, it is in contact with the urban fabric of Vrontados and the city’s bus terminal, in the seafront. Considering the region as an imminent expansion of the city, we propose a new residential area for young people, in which public space is transformed into an urban “milieu”, weaved into a network of public, private and intermediate spaces. The choice of a strongly inclined slope in an idyllic location introduces the issue of incorporation into the landscape, not in a romantic way of gentle respect, but with the dynamic reproduction of “natural” qualities in a build-up environment. The “proximity” to nature is not treated with the nostalgic return to the structures of the past, but the building is shaped together with the ground in a dynamic way, ceilings become walls, walls ground and, through this game, space becomes flexible, transitions diverse and the free use of the space turns into a challenge. For this reason also, the residences are created for young people, who seek for a greater freedom of movement, variability and adaptability. The representation of space as a soft network of public and private spaces, with variable density reflects the intensity of activities in each region and the flow from one area to another. The allocation of public or private areas in the whole is based on our perceptional sense of each region, its relationship with the urban fabric, the terrain and the sea.

In the case of private areas the intensity of activities is low, the density of built space high, so the permeability of the regions low, while in the case of the public, the intensity of activity increased, the density of built space lower and the permeability in the region higher. In the diagram beside, the size of the disks is proportional to the intensity of activity, while the density of placement increases while the privacy of the area increases. private in-between public

Subsequently, proceeding to the spatial form of the system, zigzag lines, following the elevation contours, form a network of nodes and loops in the horizontal and the vertical dimension.

The loops receive the residences, which are distributed in them, according to their character and the “feeling” of each sub-region. The loops of housing are encircled, supported and connected through routes of the public. Emphasis is given to the transitional areas and the nodes, where vertical connections and public uses are placed. Continuous public pathways provide the vertical connections in the area, converted into ramps and staircases. Elevators are placed to the most important public nodes. The central route allows access to vehicles in emergent situations, a parking area and a bus stop next to the road allow vehicular access to the region. The “system” maintains a balance in the distribution of public and private space and has a higher density from the side of the existing urban fabric and gradual dilution to the rural part from the other side. This introduces the idea of a possible further expansion in the same way, or it can even be applied to another “marginal” area.

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Typology A, rooms with common spaces Typology B, independent rooms Typology B’,loft rooms Typology C, family residence

accueil, reception common building exhibition space small coffee place, restaurant

The first typology with the common facilities, is allocated to the gentle slopes of the region, most exposed to the public and with a strong visual relationship with the urban fabric. The relatively gentle slope allows housing with two side openings. The ground consists of “lifts” and “quiet” spaces alternately. The residences are placed beneath the lifts and the quiet strips serve as communal spaces of the residences, where the entrances are found. The roofs of buildings convert to sloping walls, roofs and either become one with the ground, or rise up again to create new volumes of buildings. In this way the distinction between ground and the building is lost and the limits between public and private space are not clear.

The second typology of autonomous single- residences is located in the highly inclined slopes and turns the facades of the residences towards the view. Also in this case, each house has two “free” facades, the front and one of the sides. This is achieved by the presence of lateral semi-open spaces, each of which provides entry into 2 dwellings.


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URBAN- RURAL TRANSITION residences in the east suburbs of Thessaloniki presented in June 2009 AUTH, department of architecture, professor: C. Spyridonidis in collaboration with Sofia Tsagkera City and nature merge into a single structure, a “continuous carpet� of private, transitional and public spaces.

‘Urban- Rural transition’ Residences in the east suburbs of Thessaloniki The transitional character of the area from the urban to the rural space raises questions about the treatment of the border between these two conditions. The aim of this project is to explore an alternative way of organization of the urban space, not limited by the strictness of building blocks, but a more flexible space where the built and void, public and private, interior and exterior space are interwoven into a “continuous” fabric with diverse qualities. The activities of a residential area, are more “concentrated” at some points and more “relaxed” in others. The structure of the masterplan is related with a structure of a sponge, which absorbs activities by a place and spreads them to another. We employed the concept of “porosity”, to say, how this diffusion of activities and the transition from a region to another happens. The “transitional” spaces have a very important role in the residential area. They are the thresholds which host various activities, their use is not definite, so people feel free to express themselves and interact in this kind of spaces. A succession of closed / open, private / public, small / big spaces creates complexity in the formal grid that we apply in a smaller scale. The result is a continuous urban-rural tissue which blurs the border between the city and the nature. The same residential unit- the cube- combined in different ways and densities creates a various environment. In order to avoid the chaotic spaces landmarksquares serve for orientation and connected open spaces form a pedestrian network. The buildings differ in height in each region. The area adjacent to the north road, is higher, while, going towards the sea, the size and the height of the buildings decrease. The road is designed to impede the high speed circulation of the cars and gains the more private character of a street while crossing through the buildings.

The basic complex unit is multiplied and combined in clusters. The desired density is acquired by adding of excluding cubic units. The same structure hosts all the different uses of the area.

Extraction of a part of the previous area. The double- floor residences attach to the corridor branches from each side. The raised corridors work as streets in different levels. Shared verandas and terraces succeed the ventilation and lightening of the complexes.

THE “PLUNGED� COURTYARD Spa center and hotel in Thermi, Thessaloniki presented in June 2008 AUTH, department of architecture, professors: C. Connena, S. Lefaki in collaboration with Sofia Tsagkera and Mirela Chrysovergi Merging the buildings into the landscape with a gap in between, an enclosed courtyard is created, through which the individual volumes of the buildings are connected. The portico of the courtyard provides covered spaces of circulation and rest and gives a feeling of concentration and coziness. Instead of creating a new skyline, the complex incorporates into the landscape leaving an empty central space.

‘The “plunged” courtyard’ Spa center and hotel in Thermi, Thessaloniki The area of intervention is a slopy area on the banks of an artificial lake created by a water dam into a beautiful landscape with hills and forest. Hot springs exist in the area, which took its name from the word ‘therme’. The proposed program is a small spa center, a hotel with 24 rooms a reception and a restaurant. The main goal was to create an attractive destination for renters, bathers and visitors, not interrupting the beautiful view. For this reason we propose the recession of the buildings 4 meters below the road level around a central courtyard. The access to the courtyard is a ramp in the southeast side, where the main road from Thermi ends up. A bus stop and a parking place are located in the level of the road. The buildings are independent volumes, merged into the landscape and attached to the sides of the open courtyard, which acts as their interconnection through a semi-open portico.

The whole complex is “plunged� 4 meters into the landscape. The roofs of the buildings are planted and accessible. The single volume of the hotel rooms follows the contour lines of the landscape and brings the rooms in the front, succeeding the desired privacy.


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The central courtyard interconnects the built volumes through a portico and is accessed by a ramp.

reinforced concrete concrete for inclinations gros beton masonry facing (outer layer) cement mortar insulation 4cm udro-insulation 1cm steam-insulation 0,6cm sand ground

The room-section of the hotel covers 1115 sq.m. with rooms of 25 sq.m., 2 rooms for disabled people, common living-rooms and storage spaces. The inner corridor distributes to the rooms and the exterior portico connects with the restaurant and the spa center. Stone retaining walls reinforced with a metal mesh surround the pit behind the buildings.

UNFOLD CONTAINING LIFE surviving tsunami presented in June 2009 participated in an exhibition of architecture in extreme conditions in Argentine professors: F. Vavyli, I. Dova, N. Tsinikas in collaboration with Fani Ntintoka, Chryssa Varna Architecture for extreme conditions can also create convenient and pleasant living spaces in usual conditions. The shipping container unfolds gradually creating a real neighborhood in calm periods and remains firmly closed in case of tsunami.

‘UNFOLD CONTAINING LIFE’ surviving tsunami in Indonesia Most of the people in Indonesia live on or quite near the coast and most of the good flatland is in the form of coastal plains. Its population has a natural maritime orientation and commerce or agriculture. Indonesia is on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire”, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. It appears a big frequence of devastating tsunamis. Tsunamis have a small amplitude (wave height) offshore and a very long wavelength (often hundreds of kilometers long), which is why they generally pass unnoticed at sea, forming only a slight swell. They grow in height when they reach shallower water and the immense volumes of water and energy released can have extremely bad effects. Elements that survive better in the case of tsunami: - load-bearing walls perpendicular to the coastline - vertical elements of buildings - bridge supports The shipping container fulfills these requirements. The container is manufactured with heavy-gauge Corten steel, is very sturdy and resistant to the waves. So it makes perfect sense to use them in constructing tsunami – resistant architecture. The proposed unit- a shipping container(s), steel bracing and a column that allows 360 degrees of rotation can resist the power of the tsunami.

The rotation of the units allows them to be oriented perpendicular to the tsunami. This way they put up the least resistance to the wave. During calm periods, where there is no threat of a tsunami, the units are organized in blocks in different levels, connected through metal bridges and being optimized for livability with interior and exterior spaces as well.

Regions with a high risk of tsunami may use tsunami warning systems to detect tsunami, eventually all the countries that border the Pacific Ocean collaborate in the Tsunami Warning System. So in case of a coming tsunami, the system turns automatically.

The main idea is to keep the containers firmly closed in case of detection of a coming tsunami and open it successively in order to increase the surface of living space, provide people with an outdoor terrace and connect it with the other containers for social interaction. The block of houses expands in the vertical direction with less units and can also be expanded to big housing settlements.

Container There are a lot of benefits of the so called shipping container architecture model. A few of these advantages cited: they are plentiful, easily transported, stackable, relatively cheap, they can be prefabricated, and they are extremely durable. As far as it concerns the extreme condition of tsunami, the containers are made to resist hits and waves. They are built to withstand the violent forces on the deck of a ship at sea, due to their veining. So it makes perfect sense to use them in constructing Unfold Containing Life Boxes.

COLOUR AND LIGHT DESIGN OF A HOUSE Dialux light study presented in September 2009 AUTH, department of architecture, professor: Theano- Fani Toska in collaboration with Anna Tziastoudi

The design of the colour and lightening of the interior aims to create comfortable conditions for sleep, work and living spaces. The residents are given the possibility to adjust the intensity of the lights in a low or high level, according to the use of the space. The lights are selected through a wide range of models of different firms.

‘City, play- pole’

Play in urban public spaces Research thesis project presented in June 2010 AUTH, department of architecture, professor: K. Tsoukala participated in the 3rd International Conference ‘Children and Youth in Changing societies’, December 2010, Thessaloniki and in the Fragile student conference, April 2010, Brussels

Public space is not a static- well designed and functional space, but a space of conflict, ever-changing and adaptable, a space of “social play”. It transforms as urban reality changes, but it has also the power to transform urban reality. Much more than a context for society, public space is where people blend and interact, manifest their difference and “struggle” for the Lefebvrian “Right to the city”. The structure of the city itself, an overlay of historic traces, images and codes, a “threshold” which can accept any kind of behavior, according to Walter Benjamin, facilitates the human expression and gives the opportunity to people to form freely their rules of reality in an unpredictable, spontaneous and creative urban play. Public space in a city is not a given fact, it is the outcome of interaction of various actors. Its production is an ongoing process of appropriation and adjustment to people’s needs, desires and ambitions. As David Harvey writes: “If our urban world has been imagined and made, then it can be re-imagined and re-made”. Active involvement and creative participation are the keywords to the re-making of public space, not in terms of material construction, but mostly in terms of reproduction of the space through human activities. This essay aims to investigate the origins and outcomes of the participatory process in the production of public space and to understand its meaning for the urban common. At the beginning, it is explained how the idea of play is connected with the public space and in which sense play becomes a generic expression of the urban reality. Then an overview of the notion of the participatory “play” in public space during the 20th century helps to understand the differences in the perception of public space in each period and how this perception manifests itself into the form of public space. Concluding, some forms and qualities of public spaces, extracted from analyzed examples, are proposed as starting points in the production of a play- “tableau” for the creative Playing Man.

Anthi Skoupra Architect Engineer AUTH Master of Advanced Studies in Urban Design ETH Schwamendingenstrasse 91, CH-8050 Z端rich

academic portfolio anthi skoupra  

it contains selected architectural and urban design projects

academic portfolio anthi skoupra  

it contains selected architectural and urban design projects