Regenerative territories – the case of Iasonos str.

Ana Sofia Aguirre Espinoza
Professur
Nachhaltige Entwicklung von Stadt und Land
Projektarbeit

Athens is a city living over the centuries, where topological and spatial characteristics of the ancient city can be found in the urban fabric today. The project area Kerameikos – Metaxourgio is a field of investigation of urban processes, a mixture of social groups, building typologies and economic activities. The studio’s subject was to analyse factors contributing to the area’s situation and extract the potential of housing, tourism and shared economies. Also, to investigate the existing building stock, the derelicts and the public space and evaluate the drivers of change for the area. In other words, to propose a sustainable urban regeneration in an area which is a social melting pot, taking into consideration the assets of the past, and how to transform them into a dynamic, productive and liveable quarter for the future.

The task was to propose an urban regeneration strategy for the neighbourhood Metaxourgeio-Kerameikos. Referring to the neighbourhood’s rich social and cultural diversity, this diversity is also observable spatially and typologically. In order to restore into a better state, we first had to find the most suitable way of understanding its complexity.
We found that its diversity could be understood through a differentiation and understanding of its territories. A territory can be understood as a stabilized assemblage (Dovey, 2010); while an assemblage, according to Deleuze and Guatarri (1972), is a complex gathering of objects, bodies, expressions, qualities and areas that come together in order to form new functions. Desire is the main force of an assemblage’s creation. Therefore, a territory is a delimited area that has both physical and non-physical elements that together produce a certain kind of order and identity. It can be implied that the above-mentioned elements of a territory are contained in uses and activities, since they include bodies, objects, expressions, qualities and areas. It is through the uses of this new overlapping territory, the network that they configure, the projection of the users into open space and the physical interven¬tions implied that Iasonos street can become a link that facilitates urban regeneration instead of a segregating border of a territory in decay. The transformation opportunities of this street guided us during the studio task.

Conceptual collage of Iasonos Street
Munich 2020. Ana Sofia Aguirre Espinoza and Eglė Kliučinskaitė
Concept of overlapping territories
Munich 2020. Ana Sofia Aguirre Espinoza and Eglė Kliučinskaitė
Diagram of territories
Munich 2020. Ana Sofia Aguirre Espinoza and Eglė Kliučinskaitė
Map of Athens with territorial interventions
Munich 2020. Ana Sofia Aguirre Espinoza and Eglė Kliučinskaitė
Model of the intervention area
Munich 2020. Ana Sofia Aguirre Espinoza and Eglė Kliučinskaitė
Model of the intervetnion area
Munich 2020. Ana Sofia Aguirre Espinoza and Eglė Kliučinskaitė