shortlisted project

Peraios Topos (the opposing place)

by Agis Mourelatos from University of Patras, Greece
Tutored by: Vasiliki Petridou

Author comments:

The design thesis “Peraios Topos” aspires to approach the notion of the place, in a more philosophical sense through a research by design. This research seeks for these open-air (living history), under the sky museums, because what else are all the archaeological sites in our country than outdoor museums. The main idea of this project is concentrated on a movement, a path. The observer follows this path, being able to perceive the temples, the sculptures , the surroundings, considering that the existence of all these elements of the environment is predestined/fated.

I build something with art and craft on the ground I stand upon, and I also identify, in such a way to be driven away from it. The proposal could be analyzed in three parts (intervention: 1,2,3) aiming to reveal a new place (topos).

This design research constitutes a new narration of the specific place bringing together the past and the present. It also argues about the crucial moment that the myth of “Medea” engages the need of dwelling in the sacred place (topos) dedicated to the goddess Hera, witch is situated in a small cove of the Corinthian gulf. It becomes evident that the activation of memory, simple passive remembering- characterized by a nostalgic approach to the past- is not enough. What is actually required is active remembrance.

Tutor comments:

The intervention concerns the enhancement of an important archaeological site characterized by discrete historical elements/layers and many references in mythology. The question that is posed is the issue of the re - use of an archaeological site which undoubtedly addresses the way that we manage our cultural Heritage. This project proposes to be the result of a dialectical relationship between the old which appears as physical trace in the earth and the contemporary which is activated by the memory.

The main axes of the project are:

Redefining the topography on the old tracks (revealed the sacred fissures in land, the ancient paths are revitalized, the buildings are restored as ruins)

Strengthening of land with its own characteristics (sources are fed, the cultivation of olives is reinforced, the sun is admitted through precautions, the air release its power),

Opening of the skyline in its ancient perspectives (view to the old lighthouse, to the canal of Corinth, to the ancient city and the sea).

Construction of buildings required for a comfortable modern promenade with an emphasis on stops, contemplation, education, with the joy of choice.

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