The present research paper examines the issue of intervention in traditional settlements, which has detained the Greek architects for the past few decades. This is reflected in the numerous different views that have been expressed on the matter. These views form the basis for the building activity in the fore mentioned settlements.
Every intervention, whether it involves the restoration of an old building or the construction of a modern structure, automatically becomes part of the settlement in question thus filling in the mosaic of its picture.
Namely, the research is divided in two parts. In the first part, there is a historical reference to the traditional settlements all around the country which were created and developed mainly during the Ottoman rule in the Greek countryside. Furthermore, the research examines the governmental policy reflected in the current legislation concerning these settlements, the interventions made by the governmental body G.Ν.T.O. and the funding programs aiming at their enhancement.
Finally, reference is made to the views on the interventions that detain the architects who have contemplated the matter and to some of their most important propositions.
In the second part, the research focuses on the traditional settlements of Pelion. A historical retrospection is attempted, the current legislation is discussed and the intervention policy of GTO is examined. Finally, certain examples from the settlements of Milies, Vizitsa and Pinakates have been selected and are examined as well as classified depending on their volume development, the structure of the surrounding area, the chosen materials and certain details based on the theoretical knowledge which is presented in the first part of this research paper.