Ec[h]o is a community of temporary housing and research. The community, by cultivating and studying plants, is producing research in the fields of health, food, and energy, with the common denominator sustainability and autonomy. The community's inhabitants are all staying in ec[h]o temporarily, from a few hours as summer vacationists to a few months as researchers.
Ec[h]o was designed over the old facilities network of a camping of the GTO (Greek Tourist Organization) that was located beforehand at the site, at Epanomi, Thessaloniki. The design was based on a global idea: that of discovery, emergence and reuse of the already existing networks, as an “artifact” of a former housing situation.
The ec[h]o new housing is realized through a series of different modules that can be plugged-in in the various network sockets. The user, depending on the way she chooses to work, dwell or socialize, chooses the number, variety and placement of her modules. These modules can be hauled inside and outside of the site. On the site all spaces are isotropic and equivalent, although centers of congestion can be created through the choice of placement the users make. These centers are of course temporary and depend on the whim and choice of the users.