The initiation of this thesis was the diverse Athenian topology, consisting of inclined paths who take upon the typology of stairs. This inclined public space is being re-examined as an outdoor scene of conflict between public and private interests. The stairs are being deconstructed as a dipole of motion - stop, that defines them and are tested as a space generator, oriented around a collective self- management. The archetype of the garden is being put forward as a syntax for the redesign of the open air inclined spaces. Our goal is to reclaim public space through the development of an interventionist practice that suggests a small scale design. Terms such as neighborhood and domestication become prime concepts in our design. Finally, the performativity of the staircase is redefined, fully adapted to the collective and individual needs of the neighborhood.