Aim of the proposal is the integration of the history of Florina city (as this is mapped on the building reserve of the city, which includes remains of buildings from past eras or buildings the use of which has shifted from their past equivalent) into city’s everyday use. For the accomplishment of this aim the regeneration of a part of the city is proposed.
Three current remains of buildings from the Ottoman era of the city are selected to be integrated into its quotidian use from citizens or visitors alike. The proposal is centered on a part of the riverbank around Sakoulevas river due to the fact that it is demarked by the aforementioned remains. Furthermore, the river is the only part of the city that has remained unchanged throughout historical changes that happened to the form of the city. For that, it is linked conceptually to the three remains which are just fragments of the city’s history. Finally, the selected part is not characterized from increased daily usage, something that creates a challenge to the design and completes the aim of the proposal.
Two routes are designed: one that links the three points of historical interest and one that is essentially a walk on the riverside. These routes intersect and overlap in order for the everyday nature of the walk to be linked to historic information.
The “historical” route is characterized by the design of the surrounding space of the remains so as for them to become prominent. The “pedestrian riverside walk” route is characterized by the reinforcement of the linear structure of the landscape for the creation of a course and the amplification of the experience of the user, their relation to the water, the landscape of the city and its natural surroundings.