The aim of the studio was to investigate whether the scenario of introducing a European Regional Governance infrastructure in Famagusta after Cyprus Resolution, could operate as a linking program between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. Famagusta is a multi-enclaved territory deprived from its Greek Cypriot inhabitants since the Turkish invasion in 1974. One of the most notorious enclaves is the Turkish army controlled Varosha area, which has been fenced off since 1974. The students were invited to examine whether the creation of a thick public watefront organized around the European Regional Governance network could activate third spaces of coexistence among the ethnic communities.
General Urban Design Pedagogical Concept
The purpose of the urban design studio is 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 designerly urbanity is the main theme to be defined by the research initiated by the students seeking a role to architecture for the city, (architecture-as-urbanism). For the purpose of the urban design studio the concept of designerly urbanity is considered to be a dynamic relation between four urban conditions: accessibility, sharing, transgressing edges and polarities. The students are separated, in four dynamic groups addressing each of the four characteristics and introducing definitions regarding urbanity’s characteristics into the studio debate. Further on, the students are 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 their analysis. The programmatic formulation of their objectives is then translated into space with the support of strategies and tactics.