The notion of Designerly Urbanity in the Territorial City
Encouraging urbanity through a Park & Ride program, Nicosia, Cyprus
Socrates Stratis, Ph.D. Architect, Urbanist, Assistant Professor
Collaborator: Angela Petrou, Adjunct Faculty
How new relations between transport infrastructure and suburban areas could generate new forms of urbanity? In what ways the quality of the everyday life can be enriched in such monofunctional environments? The study area was the entry toNicosia, at a new road infrastructure junction where different urban environments come together: a refugee housing area on the northwest, an industrial area on the south, a new large scale commercial area (IKEA) andPublicHospital, plus a large park, (AthalassaNational Park).
The program given was a Park & Ride facility. The students through their proposals were invited to encourage urbanity through the Park & Ride dynamics inserted on the site. To investigate how new forms of connectivity could immerge in the existing fragmented environment by a translocal Park & Ride infrastructure.
General Urban Design Studio Pedagogical Concept
The purpose of the urban design studio was to encourage students of architecture, at an early stage, to jump up scale and operate simultaneously on a territorial scale and on that of proximity. The notion of urbanity is used as a main theme to be defined by the research initiated by the students. Urbanity takes place in dense environments with intensity of uses generated by a dynamic interrelation between four characteristics:
a. accessibility, b. sharing, c. transgressing edge conditions, d. mobility /polarities. The students were divided initially, in four groups addressing each of the four characteristics and introducing into the studio discussion, all sorts of definitions about those urbanity characteristics. Then, the students were invited to formulate their own brief, about a metropolitan centrality, based on revealed relations between the four characteristics of urbanity, departing always from the one they had started the analysis. The programmatic formulation of their objective was then translated into space through strategies and tactics. There are more details about the output of the urban design studios in the article by Socrates Stratis, “Dictionary of Project Oriented Urbanities”, in the proceedings of the International Conference, “Public Life in Inbetween Cities”, Technion University, Haifa, Israel, 2010.