No Man's Land Competition - Varosha!

No Man's Land Competition- Varosha!

MA Research & Design Workshop, 22 March - 1 April 2010, Faculty of Architecture, Nicosia (CY)

The initial aim of the organizers of this competition was to explore the possibilities for the rehabilitation of Famagusta by the Greek Cypriots. As a reaction to that, our aim was to create a variety of scenarios for not just Famagusta residents but for the entire island of Cyprus by using the UN Bufferzone as a catalyst for new developments and change. Why not appointing the UN buffer zone as a third state? As a starting point for new developments based on collaboration, shared interests and common environmental and economical problems? Why not reinventing Cyprus by using the potentials and opportunity of the abandoned border zone?

During the workshop we identified problems of urban planning of today’s Cyprus, where complex problems and a diversity of stakeholders have to be addressed. Approaching these issues required transparency and clarity that would allow public officials and community leaders to interact, address, and identify possibilities that exist and are affected by their decisions. The ISLANDMAKER created during the studio is a tool for simulating scenarios based on individual interests, desires, and visions in a clear and map-able way. By simulating one issue or topic at a time, strengths and weaknesses of specific decisions become evident together with a stage of the design process they derived from. Prototypes can be created individually and combined so that the interests of the community and of the individual have a platform for dialogue. To create the context the ISLANDMAKER focused on compilance and analysis of data by zooming in from global scale to the regional and local level. The analysis included data’s categorized by: Infrastructure, Energy, Industries / Agriculture, Urban areas, Tourism / Recreation, Nature. Datas are collected and analyzed with the intention of improving existing situations. Strengths and weaknesses were identified from the data and given geographic locations on the island. By combining multiple prototypes a complex scenario defining an urban and regional implantation could be created. The U.N. buffer zone shares similar political characteristics to that of the Varosha site in Famagusta for future redevelopment. In the implementation of the scenario prototypes the buffer zone was analyzed for its future potential benefits to the entire island.

Curators: Tihamér Salij (TU Delft), Omana Ahmed, Anasyasia Globa, Tudor Cosmatu (Dessau Institute of Architecture), Michael Gregoriou (University of Cyprus), Angela Kouveli (National Technical University of Athens), Yannis Orfanos (Architectural Association), Dimitris Papadopoulos (National Technical University of Athens)

Participants: Olivier Arditi, Estefania Botias, Paulina Grabowska, David Sellers, Sean Rasmussen, Elina Pattichi, Michael Rogers, Stella Dourtme, Afra Farry, Andri Shalou, Alexander Kalatchev, Claudia Melendez, Wan Qi, Antri Kounnapi, Andraulla Papadopoulou, Irina Bogdan, Shi Xinyu, Wan Da, Stella Taousioni, Kyriaki Economou, Eleftheria Xanthouli, Thanos Strathopoulos, Theodora Vardouli, Glafki Antoniou, Kimon Antonelos, Electra Kontoroupi, Eleni-Alkisti Victoratou, Christina Voutou, George Rossides

Guest Critics: Dimitris Filipidis, Areti Markopoulou, Winy Maas, Socratis Stratis, Pavlos Fereos, Christos Passas

Related:

The Islandmaker - (Re)Inventing Cyprus!

No Man's Land - Article, Suckerpunch Daily

Städte ohne Zukunft - Article, Bauwelt

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