Nothing happens in living Nature that does not bear some relation to the whole.
Johamm Wolfgang von Goethe, 1792
The project “In between: Flows and events” apposes the issue of cost line’s continuity into the city of Volos. Based on a “swarm intelligence”1 and the reknown Goethe’s quote, the research process enriches the synthetic process, by collecting and combining data from a multidisciplinary environment, such as biology, anatomy, maths, agronomics and also by getting information from the local tradition and culture of Thessalia. In that context, our proposal evolves, based on the combination and by creating bonds between ostensibly incohesive things. The concept is blooming continuously, starting from a simple observation of the map of Volos city. The map, projects the intense condensation of the urban complex near the city centre, versus the lack of connection with the adjacent coastal areas. Moreover, when we focus into the area between the commercial port and the nature reserve area-biotope, in the West side of the coastal line, it can be observed the sparse connection with the main urban mesh on the north side and with the Peukakia area and the ancient ruins on the other one. Therefore, we get beneficial data from the perfect regulating centre of the most complicated network of communication of the whole world, the brain, in order to begin our proposal. Simultaneously, the existence of a nature reserve area-biotope into the site and the different representations of the city, as well as the concept of thinking the site as a hole into the urban texture, are valuable factors and events for the final proposal. In addition, the local culture and tradition, the old use of the area and the local nature, are factors, which enrich and modify the result. In that context the project deals with the creation of a landscape proposal, like a garden in which the neighbouring areas, such as the University from north, the area of Neapoli from the west side as well as the tourists (who arrive near the commercial port), can relax and take advantage of this site. Finally, the project, holds a landscape side, in order to strengthen the main concept which deals with the expansion of the nature reserve area-biotope like a landscape attack onto the built environment.
1 Reference in our research topic “ Swarm Intelligence” , February 2009