REGENERATION OF ARISTOTELOUS SQUARE AND AXIS
Location: Greece – Thessaloniki
Plot Size: 32,500 m²
The intention and philosophy of the proposal is for the Aristotelous square and axis to become the link between the historical, archaeological, cultural, religious, social, urban, architectural, visual and commercial influences of Thessaloniki, connecting the past with the present and the future.
The symbolism and reference to the past is achieved through the ground representation of the old historical city urban map which was destroyed by the great fire of 1917 as well as by the symbolic representation of urban and architectural rhythms of Ernest Hébrard's design through the light structured metal weave arches and columns creating outdoor arcades.
The aim is to redefine and spread the centre of the city, through a systematic, continuous, long-term, coordinated and integrated strategy of urban planning, architecture and infrastructure, without prohibitive cost and adapted timetables for immediate implementation.
Through a landscaped and environmental canvas and/or grid, light structured flexible and modular urban and architectural interventions act as a lever for change and/or rejuvenation, offering a platform that will host a variety of functions, uses and activities through social gathering, controlled recreation, artistic and cultural events of temporary and/or permanent form.