The project focuses on the creation of a public civic space with entertainment infrastructures in relation to historic monuments. It’s located in a part of the moat that surrounds the Venetian walls of the city of Nicosia, next to the D’ Avila bastion.
A short study of the contemporary urban environment in relation to monument-cities is conducted and an attempt is made to connect the two in the “porous border” that is the old city’s moat and which has always been the point where they always collided and
re-united in town planning level, socially and connotatively.
The proposal is based on a mental process and constant re-design of the existing municipal environment, the present circumstances that identify activities or usage, and the intellectual approach to urban space as “public”. By public, we are implying a space where citizens should perceive and obtain as their own, therefore occupy it through interaction.
When designing this public space, elements such as the contemporary city’s network, the limit of the old city’s Venetian walls and flora native to the area, were taken under consideration. This has generated ligaments between the three levels that make up the proposed public space empowering the meaning of an easily accessible communal domain.
The recognition of the memory of space, the osmosis between past, present, future and the understanding of the complexity of a spatial structure belonging to the citizen in such a place of porous nature and multi-dimensional variable elements, creates a living organism which exists as part of the greater urban environment.