Environmental awareness of the last few decades, has forced modern societies to develop an ever-increasing interest in the relationship between the area they reside in and its natural, cultural and physical elements. In particular, architects are naturally interested in landscape themes and involved in associated projects, either as sensitized citizens or, ideally, as professionals and specialist in spatial planning.
Architects posses the innate advantage of design flexibility, that is, having an organized system of representation of structural organizations. In turn, this system provides the ability for collection of both qualitative and quantitative elements that characterize the landscape formations and offers a designed programmatic approach.
This research project is part of the vision for the revival of one of the world’s most unique cultural landscape, incorporating its existing agricultural potential and highlighting its cultural and historical exuberance. The Peatland of Philippi is located in the heart of Kavala, Drama and Serres in northern Greece and constitutes a rare environmental phenomenon. For the design of this agro-cultural environment, I used architectural landscaping terms and based on successful examples from international literature, mapping of the landscape, field visits and expert consultation. I drew essential conclusions involving predominantly the social isolation of the landscape and its burden of anthropogenic activity. Finally, I proposed solutions for the creation of a harmonious relationship between the local community and that of the natural environment with basis elements of water, flora and fauna, and aim to create a triptych of entertainment, education and entrepreneurship in the Peatland Philippi.