Main reference of this project is the diverse and constantly changing character of the countryside. Historically, greek countryside stands as a place of productive activities of the primary sector related to manual labor. Since the end of the 20th century, political, social and economic transformations have had a significant impact on the way it is perceived and interpreted. Decisions that have been taken on sustainable development by national and European agricultural policy combined with the phenomenon of urbanization of recent decades and the dismantling of traditional communities put in the foreground emerging social and environmental problems, such as the exploitation of natural and human resources. Extensive irrigation system in combination with the laborious way of dealing with the countryside raises concerns and questions about the way and the scale of management of the rural area.
Focusing both on humans and the usual water-consuming crops of the Thessalian countryside, the present dissertation proposes alternatives for their water supply through the temporary habitance of the countryside. Using as a synthetic tool the re-use of an object found in the Thessalian countryside, it is created a list of installations that are based both on the plant’s water needs during the germination period and on daily living needs of the cultivator in the countryside. Installations are structured through the reinterpretation of household objects and are characterized by variability, so as to be transferred and placed easily on the field of cultivation according to the user’s needs. Their presence in the field - portable or fixed - creates an artificial ground for daily activities, being rest tools for the user after various cultivating tasks.
Installations create different recipes, which aim to provide energy to both the grower, through his rest and the plant, through the supply of water. Their compositions create bigger structures that serve as temporary shelters in the countryside. They propose different ways of pairing house and field, labor and rest, they define new ways of appropriating the countryside, while trying to restore the lost rural idyll to the imagination of each cultivator.