Biggest Splash, Freeboard Infrastructure for the Production of the Archipelago

by Fotis Gkrilias from TAM School of Architecture University of Thessaly, Greece
Tutored by: Costis Paniyiris

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Tourism, as term, is introduced into human practice at the same time as the Industrial Revolution. For this reason, it is important to study it as a machine that consumes and produces. Contemporary tourism, contrary to urban development, proposes a minimization of needs and disconnection. The economic instrumentalization of tourism invests in desire and emergence of national identities through the consumption of landscape. The fragmentation of the land to create views, is the basic mechanism of touristic architectural production.

Next to this reality, a new model is proposed that will transform this apparatus into an infrastructure for the production of desire, water enjoyment and disconnection, in terms of a desire-machine. Therefore, an analysis of four images will highlight the concepts of archipelago, fall, pleasure, repetition and the aesthetics of infrastructures as key factors in the development of a network of units that takes the form of autonomous breakwater-life receptor.

The aim of each unit is through exploring the architectural tool of section, to receive the wild water and transform it into a domesticated resource for private, public, and common use. This proposal attempts to celebrate the landscape instead of consume it, as well as enhance the resilience of cities, by establishing tourism as a complementary urban practice.

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