The subject of this thesis titled "Redesigning public space in Phoenician workplaces" is the remodeling of one of the most well-known areas in the eastern part of the city of Thessaloniki, in the Phoenician area of Kalamaria.
Workers' and refugee homes are a prime example of organized construction both in Greece and in Europe, with their history and the reason for their creation dating back to the 18th century.
Initially, the approach was taken on a theoretical level through the study of texts and sources related to the concepts of organized construction and working houses at both European and Greek levels.
The institution of organized construction was established in Greece through the work provided by the Organization of Workers' Housing (OEK) and Providence, which are the main bodies responsible for completing the design-study and construction of working houses including the Phoenix. In the next section of this paper an analysis of both the Kalamaria region and the Phoenician region is made through various charts and schemes.
The Phoenix area is the first and foremost sample of organized urban tissue to be seen entering the city from the east. However, his current image shows signs of abandonment and depreciation, and in particular his public spaces on either side of the National Antistase Street, which he sees by every passer-by crossing the area by road and beyond.
Typical examples of abandonment and depreciation, among others, are the infinite areas of greenery, the abandoned market, the concentration areas such as individual squares. Despite the large number of communal areas, the "meeting" between the locals is no longer promoted. Adding to all this is the road of the National Resistance, which divides the settlement into two imaginary parts, further complicating this so-called "meeting" of residents.
The design proposal of this work aims to address the above critical issues and ultimately to create a network of spaces and functions that will serve both the inhabitants of the Phoenix area and act as a coherent element of the upper and lower part of the settlement giving a new impetus to the lives and daily lives of the inhabitants. The starting point and the cause of the above approach is the market, and in particular the gallery, which characterizes the current market building. The intention is for the market and gallery to diffuse to the rest of the public space, thus activating both the ground floor and the floor level, thus creating a system consisting of the main staircase, in which various functions such as shops, parking spaces etc. This system unites not only the two parts of the settlement separated by the road but also the space along the road, which in turn contains different functions such as green, commercial buildings, etc. Finally, this system reaches the peripheral ditch to the north of the settlement, a highly tree-lined area that could, after configuration, serve as a promenade and recreation area for residents.