2008-09- Living with Athletic Infrastructures, Limassol
The notion of Designerly Urbanity in the territorial city
Fall Semester 2008-09
Encouraging urbanity through new connectivities between living and urban athletic infrastructures.
Tutors: Socrates Stratis
Collaborator: Angela Petrou, Adjunct Facutly
How new connectivities between residential and athletic facilities next to a highway, could encourage new forms of urbanity? The study area is located next to a new junction of the peripheral highway of Limassol, closed to the main football stadium of the city, (Tsireion). The students were invited to study the existing suburban conditions and propose new ones by increasing substantially the existing density. They investigated proximities of such dense residential environment with new urban athletic infrastructures. How could, through such new program, the role of the highway could be revisited, adding to it an urban role and reconnecting it back to the city fabric in different ways proposed by the students. Furthermore, how the new athletic program could generate connectivities amongst different kinds of people living in such suburban environments.
General Urban Design 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.